‘The crisis has reached its peak’
As supporters of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, the US and the UK are both implicated in the report’s allegations regarding disproportionate attacks on civilians.
The bomb that killed 51 children earlier this month was found by CNN to be a US-made, 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb, a similar weapon to the one that killed 155 people in an attack on a funeral hall in October 2016. Earlier that same year, a strike on a Yemeni market — this time reportedly by a US-supplied precision-guided MK 84 bomb — killed 97 people.
The US has defended its role by saying that it does not make targeting decisions for the coalition.
In response to questions about the role of the US and UK in supplying weapons to the international coalition, UN expert Charles Garraway said that issue was “strictly speaking outside our mandate” and that “we do not to seek allocate percentage of blame on any particular party.”
The UN panel has, however, identified “wherever possible” individuals who “may be responsible” for the crimes, Jendoubi said. That confidential list will be sent to the High Commissioner later on Tuesday, he said.
The panel is calling for the “immediate cessation of violation against civilians,” in a conflict that Jendoubi said “seems to be overlooked.”
“This crisis has reached its peak with no apparent light at the end of the tunnel,” added Garraway. “It is indeed a forgotten crisis.”