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Yemeni human rights committee documents 408 killings of civilians in 6 months
March 29,2019   By:Xinhua
ADEN, Yemen, March 29, 2019 -- Yemen's National Committee to investigate alleged violations to human rights said on Thursday that it had documented 776 cases, leaving 408 civilians dead in six months.
According to a report revealed by the neutral national committee, 776 cases of alleged violations were committed which led to the killing of 408 civilians and injuring of 711 others during the period from early August 2018 to the end of January this year.
Around 185 people were killed and 591 others were wounded by the Houthi group, and 223 people were killed and 120 others were wounded by airstrikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition and attacks conducted by the legitimate government forces.
The report listed a number of documented violations involving civilian casualties, including the bombing launched by Houthis in last October against a camp for the displaced people in AlKhokha district in Hodeidah province.
In addition, the committee investigated and documented 105 cases of forced displacement, 51 cases of child recruitment violations, 44 cases of civilians who were killed and injured by anti-personnel landmines and 31 house detonations, all of which were committed by the Houthis.
The committee also documented a number of other violations, including torture, arrests and enforced disappearances. The responsibility for this type of violations is shared by all the Yemeni warring parties, according to the report.
It confirmed that a number of files were handed over to the country's Public Prosecution Authority. The report called on the Yemeni government to stop illegal arrests in the provinces controlled by pro-government authorities and shut down unauthorized detention centers established by some military units.
The committee stressed the need for the Saudi-led coalition to abide by the rules of the international humanitarian law, ensure a comprehensive review of the rules, take more precautions, conduct a comprehensive assessment of the damages caused by the bombing and provide compensations to the victims.
It also called on the Houthis fighters to stop targeting residential neighborhoods with indiscriminate shells, arbitrary arrests, landmines and recruitment of children in the provinces controlled by the group.
The report revealed by the committee included an appeal to the international community to oblige the warring parties to abide by the principles of the international humanitarian law and to make necessary efforts to resume the peace process.
Yemen's National Committee to investigate alleged violations to human rights was formed by a republican decree issued by President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in 2012 and was assigned to the task of monitoring, documenting and investigating violations in all Yemeni provinces.
At the end of last September, the United Nations Human Rights Council approved the continuation of this committee's work to investigate violations committed throughout the war-torn Arab country and called on all Yemeni parties to facilitate and cooperate with the committee by providing necessary information.
The long-running Yemeni conflict taking place between the two warring parties has left tens of thousands dead or injured, including at least 17,700 civilians as verified by the UN.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Houthi rebels overtook the capital Sanaa and ousted the internationally-backed government of Hadi. A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis since 2015.
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