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Yemen: Airstrike and weapon analysis shows Saudi Arabia-led forces killed scores of civilians

New research and weapons analysis by Amnesty International in Yemen bring into sharp focus the high price civilians continue to pay amid the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition’s airstrikes all over the country and demonstrate a failure to abide by the requirements of international humanitarian law. Amnesty International researchers investigated eight airstrikes in different parts of the country, including multiple strikes in the capital, Sana’a, on 12 and 13 June and in Tai’z on 16 June.

Date:
2 July 2015
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  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

The ugly truths of Yemen's war must not stay buried in the rubble

By Rasha Mohamed, Yemen Researcher at Amnesty International Anguish, frustration, grief, helplessness, seething anger. A mixture of all those emotions washed over me as I stood next to Mohamed an hour after an airstrike had destroyed his house in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. They left me dumbstruck. He was grief stricken and equally speechless as he sat in front of the rubble of his house in his undergarments, his face smeared with blood and dust.

Date:
25 September 2015
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  • Iraq
  • Armed Groups

Iraq: Deadly bomb attacks show disgraceful disregard for human life

Today’s multiple bombings in Baghdad, in which media agencies have reported the deaths of at least 63 people and injuries to at least 90 others, are the latest in a horrific spike in deadly attacks that have hit the country over the past week, Amnesty International said today. “The spike in deadly bomb attacks across Baghdad, in predominantly Shia areas, will outrage anyone who places value on human life,” said James Lynch, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Date:
17 May 2016
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
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Israel/OPT: All deliberate attacks on civilians reprehensible and unjustified

There can be no justification for a spate of deliberate deadly attacks by Palestinians on civilians over the past week in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories which displayed a clear contempt for human life, said Amnesty International. In the latest attacks on Thursday, Palestinians from the occupied West Bank killed five civilians: three Israelis, a US national and a Palestinian, in two separate incidents.

Date:
20 November 2015
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Aleppo’s river of death

Aleppo’s Kweik river, keeps washing up the bodies of men and boys who have been shot in the head at close range. Some have their hands tied behind their backs, some have marks suggesting torture. All eventually float to the same spot in the Bustan al-Qasr district of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, under the control of opposition forces but just a few hundred meters downstream from an area held by government troops.

Date:
11 March 2013
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  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: Fears for safety of civilians caught in crossfire and used by IS as human shields

Military operations to retake Mosul and the surrounding areas from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are endangering civilians who are being caught in the crossfire or in some cases being used as human shields by IS fighters, said Amnesty International from northern Iraq. The organization’s research team met with civilians displaced from their homes in villages north of Mosul in recent days who are now in Zelikan and Khazer camps, in areas controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and conducted phone interviews with people still trapped under IS control, gathering fresh evidence pointing to civilian deaths and injuries during in recent days.

Date:
27 October 2016
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  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

The Human Carnage of Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

Five-year-old Rahma lies unconscious in the intensive care unit of the 22 May Hospital in Yemen’s southern city of Aden. Her face is covered in burns; bandages swathe multiple head wounds; and her eyes are closed shut under swollen eyelids. When she regains consciousness — or if she does, as doctors could not be sure she will make it — she will discover that she’ll never see her mother again. Her mother, Naama, was among 10 members of a family, including five women and four children, who were killed in a July 9 airstrike that destroyed the Musaab bin Omar school in the village of Tahrur, north of Aden.

Date:
27 August 2015
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  • Middle East and North Africa
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Yemen: At least six civilians burn to death in further airstrikes overnight

Photo: A coalition of armed forces led by Saudi Arabia has been launching airstrikes on various regions of Yemen since last week. © FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images There is growing evidence that the Saudi Arabian-led military coalition is failing to take precautions to prevent civilian deaths amid ongoing airstrikes on sites around Yemen, Amnesty International said, as it confirmed that at least six civilians, including four children, were among 14 people who burned to death in further strikes early this morning.

Date:
31 March 2015
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  • Mali
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Mali: Urgent action needed to protect civilians

The Tuareg and Islamist armed groups who have taken the northern cities of Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu must protect the civilian population in areas under their control, Amnesty International said today. In Gao, the organisation received reports of armed men firing into the air and looting public and private buildings, including the hospital. One witness living there told Amnesty International today: “Armed people are entering the houses and looting.

Date:
2 April 2012
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  • Mali
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Mali: Government must stop bombing civilians

The Malian government must end bomb attacks against the civilian population in the north of the country, Amnesty International said today after a four year old girl was killed amid shelling. Fata Walette Ahmedou was injured yesterday afternoon after an army helicopter shelled the Kel Essouck camp near the northern town of Kidal, some 1,600 km north-east of the capital Bamako. She died of her injuries on Thursday morning.

Date:
23 February 2012
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  • Lebanon

Lebanon bus bomb kills 14, including civilians

A bomb attack on a commercial bus containing civilians in Tripoli, north Lebanon, on Wednesday 13 August killed at least 14 people, according to reports. The bomb exploded while the bus was near a bus-stop on a busy street. The dead included both civilians and soldiers who were travelling on the bus or who were bystanders close to the scene of the explosion. Tens of others were injured. The Tripoli area has witnessed considerable violence over the last year.

Date:
14 August 2008
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  • Sri Lanka
  • Arms Trade

More civilians killed in Sri Lanka fighting

More civilians are being killed in north-east Sri Lanka, as the fighting continues between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). A female suicide bomber is reported to have killed 28 people and wounded dozens of others on Monday, when she blew herself up at a checkpoint for civilians fleeing the conflict zone. According to the Sri Lankan military, the woman was dressed as a civilian.

Date:
10 February 2009
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
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NGOs: Gaza civilians continue to suffer

Israel's measures to "ease" the illegal blockade of Gaza in the face of significant international pressure have done little to change the plight of Gaza's civilians, said Amnesty International UK and 21 other human rights and aid groups in a report published today. In the report, Dashed Hopes: Continuation of the Gaza Blockade the organizations have called for renewed international action to ensure an immediate, unconditional and complete lifting of the blockade.

Date:
30 November 2010
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  • Chad
  • Arms Trade

Civilians killed and displaced in Darfur clashes

Thousands of civilians have fled West Darfur’s Sirba region and an unknown number were killed as the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) moved to re-occupy the area, accompanied by uniformed Janjawid militias on horses. The latest figures indicate that 12,000 people have crossed into Chad, thousands more have gone south to Jeneina and many, especially women and children, are believed to still be sheltering in the bush.

Date:
11 February 2008