Remnants of US-made bombs were found at the scene of strikes in the Yemeni civil war since it began in 2015, according to an exclusive CNN report.
A Yemeni child awaits treatment at a hospital after he was wounded in a reported air strike on the rebel stronghold of Saada on August 9, 2018 (File photo: AFP)
A string of bomb strikes by a Saudi-led coalition were linked to US manufacturers, CNN’s analysis of documents from Mwatana, an independent Yemen-based human rights group, shows, which records all parties’ violations in Yemen’s conflict.
“The United States says it does not make targeting decisions for the coalition. But it does support its operations through billions of dollars in arms sales, the refueling of Saudi combat aircraft and some sharing of intelligence,” the CNN report said.
In April 2018, a Saudi-led coalition strike killed 21, including children, at a wedding party in Hajja Governorate in northwestern Yemen, with some parts of the bombs photographed and identified as US-made by weapon experts.
Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels took over Yemen’s capital Sanaa in September 2014 and helped overthrow Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Since March 2015, the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been launching airstrikes against the Houthis in support of Hadi.
More than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war and more than three million others displaced, according to UN reports.
Cover photo: A man transports a child to a hospital after he was wounded in a reported air strike in Saada on August 9, 2018