UN Rights Commissioner: Saudi Attack on Yemen Market May Be a War Crime

Saudis 'Repeatedly Fail' to Prevent Civilian Deaths

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein blasted the Saudi government today for its attack on a Yemeni marketplace earlier in the week, a strike which killed upwards of 119 civilians, saying it may amount to a war crime or other “international crime.”

Hussein noted that the Saudi airstrikes are disproportionately responsible for civilian casualties in the ongoing Yemen war, saying they’d killed twice as many civilians as all other forces involved in the war, and those almost exclusively in airstrikes.

“The have hit markets, hospitals, clinics, schools, factories, wedding parties – and hundreds of private residences,” Hussein noted, adding “these awful incidents continue to occur with unacceptable regularity.

UN officials have indeed repeatedly criticized the Saudi killings, but at the most recent General Assembly, Saudi objections blocked a call for international investigations into the war crimes, and ended with a determination that the Saudis and their allies be allowed to investigate themselves.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.