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08-19-2015, 05:12 AM
Yemen conflict: Civilian deaths 'amount to war crimes'

All sides in the conflict in Yemen have left a "trial of civilian death and destruction" and may have committed war crimes, Amnesty International says.

A report documents hundreds of cases in which people have been killed or injured in their homes since March.

It accuses the Saudi-led coalition aiming to restore the exiled government of carrying out unlawful air strikes.

The Houthi rebel movement and its allies are meanwhile condemned for using heavy weapons indiscriminately.

On Tuesday, coalition warplanes targeted Houthi positions in the Red Sea port of Hudaydah, reportedly destroying cranes and warehouses at the aid hub.

There were also clashes overnight in the third city of Taiz, where the Houthis and allied army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have made advances

Yemen conflict: Civilian deaths 'amount to war crimes' - BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33966542)


Red Cross `worried` at abandoned corpses in Yemen war

Sanaa: The International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday it was "extremely concerned" by a growing number of corpses being abandoned in the war zones of Yemen.

"With the escalation of the fighting, more casualties are being left behind owing to the increased danger associated with retrieving the wounded and the dead," said Nourane Houas, head of the ICRC`s Protection Department in war-ravaged Yemen.

"International humanitarian law requires that dead bodies be treated properly and with respect," the ICRC said in a statement.

Houas urged all sides in the conflict "to respect the dignity of the dead and to allow their swift recovery, while taking all feasible measures to ensure their proper identification and their handover to the families".

Under Islam, the predominant religion in Yemen, the dead should be buried the same day whenever possible.

"Failure to identify the dead puts them in the ranks of the missing, and prevents the families from mourning," said Houas.

The ICRC said it has helped retrieve more than 407 dead bodies since March.

Red Cross `worried` at abandoned corpses in Yemen war | Zee News (http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/red-cross-worried-at-abandoned-corpses-in-yemen-war_1649204.html)