Jemen: Huthis setzen erneut Landminen ein


Die Huthi-Kräfte in Jemen haben laut Menschenrechtsorganisation Human Rights Watch erneut Landminen eingesetzt. Dabei starben mindestens 13 Menschen im Oktober und September. (auf Englisch)


PPM-2 antipersonnel mines manufactured by East Germany in 1982 and cleared from Aden in July-August 2015. © 2015 Human Rights Watch

(19.11.2015)

Houthi forces in Yemen are using banned antipersonnel landmines, causing multiple new civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing new evidence of their use. The Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, should cease using these weapons.

Wa’el Khaled Muhammad al-Ruja`a, 15, lost his left leg in a landmine explosion near Aden International Airport on October 12, 2015.

Landmines have killed at least 12 people and wounded over 9 in Yemen’s southern and eastern governorates of Abyan, Aden, Marib, Lahj, and Taizz since September 2015, according to Yemeni mine clearance officials, medical professionals, and media reports. Antivehicle mines accounted for 9 of those killed and 5 injured, although whether the mine is antivehicle or antipersonnel is often not detailed in reporting. Human Rights Watch believes that the actual number of mine victims in Yemen since September may be much higher.

“The Houthis are killing and maiming civilians with landmines,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch. “Antipersonnel landmines are indiscriminate weapons that should not be used under any circumstances. Houthi forces should immediately stop using these horrific weapons and respect Yemen’s obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty.”
GYATA-64 antipersonel mines cleared by deminers from Bab al-Mandeb, Dhubab district in the Taizz governorate in October 2015.
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GYATA-64 antipersonel mines cleared by deminers from Bab al-Mandeb, Dhubab district in the Taizz governorate in October 2015. © 2015 Private
The United Nations Human Rights Council should create an independent international commission of inquiry to investigate these and other serious laws-of-war violations by all parties to Yemen’s conflict, Human Rights Watch said.

There were numerous casualties from landmines laid by Houthi forces before their retreat from Abyan and Aden in July, Human Rights Watch said.

Weiterlesen auf: https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/11/18/yemen-new-houthi-landmine-use

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