UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Human Rights Watch on Wednesday accused the Arab coalition of killing 47 Yemeni fishermen and detaining 100 others since the beginning of 2018.
This came in a report issued by the human rights organization (a non-governmental organization based in New York), published on its website, while Anatolia could not get immediate comment from the coalition in this regard.
The report said that the naval forces of the Arab coalition, has carried out at least five fatal attacks on Yemeni fishing boats since the beginning of 2018.
He said coalition warships and helicopters were involved in attacks that killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen, including seven children, and detained more than 100 others, some of whom were tortured in Saudi custody.
“Coalition attacks on fishermen and fishing boats appear to have been deliberate, targeting civilians and civilian objects in violation of the laws of war.”
Abizaid and: “Coalition officials who ordered or carried out attacks or tortured detainees are likely involved in war crimes.”
“Coalition naval forces have repeatedly attacked Yemeni fishing boats and fishermen without making sure they are legitimate military targets,” the report quoted Priyanka Mutabarthy, acting director of the emergency department at Human Rights Watch, as saying.
“Killing the fishermen, even though they were waving white fabrics, or letting the crew of the wrecked boats sink, are war crimes.”
The organization accused the coalition of “persistently failing to investigate alleged war crimes and other unlawful attacks, including those targeting fishing boats.”
The coalition, which has repeatedly said it is taking measures to prevent attacks on civilians in Yemen, was not immediately available for comment.
Since March 26, 2015, the Saudi-led Arab coalition, with significant Emirati participation, has been conducting military operations in Yemen in support of pro-government forces against the Houthis, backed by Iran.
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