Saudi airstrikes on Yemen amount to war crimes: Analyst

A Yemeni collects items amidst the rubble of a destroyed building following Saudi airstrikes on the capital Sana’a on October 8, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Saudi airstrikes on Yemen amount to “war crimes” and are an “egregious violation” of the Fourth Geneva Convention which prohibits aggressive raids on civilians in war zones, an analyst tells PressTV.  

“The Saudis are continuing their intentional commission of violation of war crimes and yet in the White House’s statement today the term war crime was not used and one has to question why if the United States government can use the term war crime against Russia … why doesn’t the United States use the term war crime or Geneva Conventions in this statement? It is a great puzzle,” said Alfred Lambremont Webre, a war crimes lawyer.

He also stated that Saudi Arabia is engaged in relentless war crimes in Yemen using arms supplied by the United States.

The comments came after a United States top official said the country is reviewing whether to keep up support for the Saudi war on the impoverished country of Yemen, where a Saudi airstrike left at least 140 mourners dead at a hall in the capital Sana’a

Webre further stated that Saudi Arabia is engaged in continuous war crimes in Yemen using arms supplied by the United States.

He also noted Saudi Arabia was also complicit in the false flag operation of September 11, 2001, which was also a war crime.

He went on to say judicial proceedings at the International Criminal Court should be commenced in order to condemn Saudi war crimes.

According to the analyst, both Russia and the United States are “morally obligated” to take this matter up at the Security Council because of the continued violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Saudi Arabia has been engaged in a deadly campaign against Yemen since March 2015. Riyadh’s aggression, which has killed more than 10,000 in Yemen, was launched in an attempt to restore power to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh who has resigned as Yemen’s president but seeks to force his way back into power. The campaign also seeks to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

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