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Saudis back probe of Yemen crimes, question 'timing'

14 September 2017

The Restoration of the Legitimacy in Yemen has announced the martyrdom of Saudi Lieutenant Colonel Pilot Muhanna bin Saad Al Baiz.

Saudi Arabia along with his allies - Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Sudan - has been pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate the former Yemeni government, a close Riyadh ally.

On the battlefield, Yemeni army forces on Wednesday targeted Saudi-led mercenaries in the southwestern province of Lahij with Katyusha rockets.

The coalition is accused by rights groups of possible war crimes in Yemen, with evidence mounting of the deliberate bombing of schools, hospitals and civilian infrastructure in its campaign to support the fugitive president, Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. They also shelled Saudi military forces in Saudi Arabia's southwestern Jizan region.

Al-Wassil said his country was seeking a compromise on the Human Rights Council's decision on Yemen, adding that it would be better to form an inquiry committee.

Commenting on a call by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al-Hussein for an global commission to be setup to investigate violations committed in Yemen.

High estimates suggest more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war in Yemen, 600,000 have been infected with cholera and aid groups estimate half the country is on the brink of starvation.

Saudis back probe of Yemen crimes, question 'timing'