UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has issued a statement today warning that the Saudi Arabian coalition’s intense airstrikes against residential areas, and apparent indiscriminate use of cluster bombs against populated areas in the capital city of Sanaa could amount to a war crime.
Over the past few days, images have surfaced of US-made cluster bombs found in densely populated neighborhoods, and that several buildings, including a kindergarten, had the pock-marked signs of being targeted with bomblets which exploded on contact.
Neither Yemen nor Saudi Arabia is a party to the 2008 ban on cluster munitions, but the use of them against civilian populations would be a violation of the Geneva Conventions at any rate, and has led human rights groups to call for more serious investigations.
So far, the UN human rights bodies have allowed the Saudis to investigate themselves on assorted war crimes, and needless to say the Saudis have insisted everything they’ve done was perfectly fine. The question about the cluster bombs is likely to suck in the US as well, however, for while the US has been cheerfully selling bombs to the Saudis to drop on Yemen, they had not confirmed any such sale of cluster bombs.
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If it is determined that a war crime has been committed and that the US did in fact supply the cluster bombs then the US should be charged right alongside the Saudis. I'm pretty sure that the 2008 ban also included a ban on signatories selling them.
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Cluster killers are a dual explosion devise, first explosion sends the cluster in all direction, second explosion comes when each grenade comes in contact with human flesh or anything harder. Second to none is ability of cluster bombs to waste every man. woman, child and baby within the kill zone.
A high value extra that generals love, this is to set the cluster to explode at a higher altitude, which causes most of the grenades to run out of energy before they hit a target and then to fall gently to the ground. An instant minefield that establishes a perimeter of defense, but as no general wants to rot in prison for such a war crime, no record is kept of the location.
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