Yemen wedding bombing: 'Deadliest' since conflict started
Dozens, mostly women and children, were killed in the bombing at a wedding party in Yemen by an alleged Saudi Arabia airstrike. Riyadh, who has air supremacy in the area, denied responsibility.
29 September 201515:36 GMT
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“If they [the Saudis] saw all these [wedding party] guests as collateral damage, that is a very serious and very clear violation of the laws of war,” Belkis Wille, a Yemen and Kuwait researcher at Human Rights in Sanaa, Yemen, told RT.
Belkis Wille also added that the laws of war include “a key principle of proportionality” that forbids striking out at areas if the number of civilian casualties there would be higher than the number of combatants hit.
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The death toll in the Tuesday air strike on a wedding in Yemen has risen to 135, according to the UN statement. “This may be the single deadliest incident since the start of the conflict,” UN human rights agency spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters.
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The armed conflict in Yemen has claimed the lives of 2,355 civilians in the last six months, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN data does not include 131 civilian victims of Tuesday’s airstrike on a wedding party, RIA Novosti reports.
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“In fact…they bombed the wedding party, regardless who is the groom and who is the bride. It is actually a massacre, whether we like it or not, whether with agree with this coalition or not. Six months of heavy bombardment, definitely the civilian casualties are escalating day after day. This is the silent war. I am surprised nobody is paying attention to this war where civilian are killed," Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of London-based 'al-Quds al-Arabi' pan-Arab daily newspaper told RT.
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