Saudi Arabia Jets Kill up to 30 Civilians in Market Bombing in Yemen + VIDEO

Sun Feb 28, 2016 17:19:48

Saudi Arabia is accused of bombing a busy market in Yemen, killing at least 30 people in the latest alleged atrocity in its controversial air campaign.

The Saudi military troops waged an airstrike on a market in the northern part of Yemen's Sana'a Province, killing 30 civilians and injuring 30 others, according to local authorities.

At least 22 civilians were said to be among the dead in the Nihm district of Sana’a governorate, which houses the country’s capital.

Yemeni security officials announced the deaths, saying burned bodies were left strewn through the area.

The conflict has allowed al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and its affiliates to gain a significant foothold, with some towns also being seized by ISIS.

Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition, killing thousands of civilians while bombing hospitals, schools, mosques, and weddings.

The worsening humanitarian crisis has driven criticism of arms sales to Saudi Arabia by Britain, the US, France, Germany and other nations who sold drones, missiles and bombs worth $25 billion (£18 billion) to the Saudis in last year.

The European Parliament voted in favour of an EU-wide embargo on selling arms to Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

A resolution calling for a ban on all weapons sales to the country was passed by 359 votes to 212, with 31 MEPs abstaining.

While international observers have recognised abuses on all sides, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, said that a “disproportionate” number of attacks of civilians in Yemen had come from the Saudi-led invasion force.

Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Yemen is in flames. Coalition air strikes in particular continue to strike hospitals, schools, mosques and civilian infrastructures”, Independent reported.


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