Senator Chris Murphy has called for the United States to end all support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen after a UN investigation indicates war crimes are being perpetrated with US-supplied weapons.
“The UN Panel of Experts in Yemen says that war crimes are likely to be committed with US weapons and oversight, and yet Washington is taking zero measures in response,” Murphy said. “How can Congress continue to fund this war in the face of US-backed war crimes?”
Murphy was commenting on a UN-mandated report that found that the Yemen conflict was violating international law.
“There is simply no way that our participation in this cataclysm of civilian deaths can make our country safer. The world is seeing what we are doing in Yemen… I hope this report will be a great warning to Congress and to the administration,” he said.
According to the report, the Group of Regional and International Eminent Experts in Yemen strongly suggests that parties to the armed conflict in Yemen have violated and continue to violate international law, with the Saudi-led coalition responsible for the majority of documented civilian casualties.
This comes as earlier this month it was revealed an MK-82 freefall bomb, produced by the Raytheon company, was reportedly used by the Saudi-led coalition to attack a bus full of children in Yemen on August 9, local journalists said, after recovering fragments of the explosive device at the accident site.
The Saudi-led coalition attacked a school bus in the Dahyan area of the Houthi-controlled Saada province causing 51 dead, most of them children, and injuring 79 others.
After that, as soon as the charred bodies were recovered, villagers found parts of the bomb used in the attack.
Distressing images shared by journalist Nasser Arrabyee show traces that appear to be from the American air bomb MK-82, which the US continues to sell to Saudi Arabia.
The remnants of the US bombs that killed Yemen children in the latest US-Saudi massare and war crime of August 9th, 2018
In Saada north Yemen. pic.twitter.com/z8bvadwncG
— Nasser Arrabyee (@narrabyee) August 11, 2018