Alwaght- A US-made bomb was used by Saudi Arabia to bomb a residential building in Yemen’s capital last month, killing 16 civilians and injuring 17 more – including a five-year-old girl called Buthaina whose photograph went viral after the strike.
The assessment by Amnesty International was based on an examination of the remnants of the weapon used in the 25 August airstrike.
The Saudi Arabia-led military coalition admitted carrying out the attack, blaming civilian casualties on a “technical error”.
Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East research director, said “We can now conclusively say that the bomb that killed Buthaina’s parents and siblings, and other civilians, was made in the USA.
“There simply is no explanation the USA or other countries such as the UK and France can give to justify the continued flow of weapons to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition for use in the conflict in Yemen. It has time and time again committed serious violations of international law, including war crimes, over the past 30 months, with devastating consequences for the civilian population.”
Amnesty International has also called for an independent, impartial inquiry into reported violations in Yemen aggression while demanding that all those responsible for crimes under international law must be brought to justice in fair trials.
The Saudi-led coalition started a bloody aggression on Yemen in March 2015 to oust the popular Ansarullah movement and restore to power fugitive Abdul Rabbuh Mansour Hadi who resigned as president and fled to Riyadh.
The Saudis have failed to achieve their stated objective and are now stuck in the Yemen quagmire while indiscriminately bombarding the impoverished stated on an almost daily basis.
Independent estimates put the death toll of the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen at over 13,000 mostly civilians including women, children and the elderly.