Friday, 3 April 2015

3rd April 2015, airstrikes hit homes in the village of Hajar Ekah, west of Bani Matar area, Sanaa, Yemen

On Friday 3rd April 2015, Saudi led coalition airstrikes hit the village of Hajar Ekah which lies to the West of Bani Matar area in Sanaa, Yemen. 11 civilians were killed, including 2 women and 6 children, the youngest of whom was just 1 day old, and 6 others were injured, including 2 women and 2 children. Other homes were also severely damaged.

This is Amnesty International's report of the incident:

Hajr Ukaish village, Beni Matar (Sana’a governorate), 3 April 2015

A bomb hit three houses belonging to the family of Hussein ‘Abdullah al-Ukaishi, killing 11 civilians (six children, two women, three men) and injuring six (two children, two women, two men). Among those killed was a one-day-old baby who had not yet been named.

Amnesty International interviewed 10 relatives and neighbours about the incident. Other residents fled their homes in fear after the airstrike and sought shelter in the caves in the nearby mountains.

Hussein Abdullah al-Ukaishi’s brother, Ahmed ‘Abdullah al-Ukaishi, 42, told Amnesty International:

“On that Friday evening, I suddenly heard two explosions in a row that shook my house. I tried to locate the site of the explosion from my window, then I saw my brother Hussein’s house had turned into rubble ... I tried to move to go to his house, but I could not move from my place. I saw my brother’s house ablaze, all I could imagine was my brother and family within the flames and the rubble. After putting out the fires, from 7:30PM to 4AM we tried to rescue who we could.”

According to Ahmed, there were no hostilities or fighters present in the vicinity at the time, and Hajr Ukaish village is three to four kilometres north of the Huthi/Saleh loyalist-controlled Jabal Nabi Shu’aib military base – which may have been the intended target. The strikes came without prior warning. He said the first rocket hit the main road, less than 1km south of the village, and the second was a direct hit on the house.

Hameed Hussein al-Ukaishi, a family member who was injured inside the house and has had to resort to living in his neighbour’s house after the airstrike destroyed their home, said:

“I heard the plane and then the house was struck. I fainted. Then I found myself buried up to my neck in the rubble. There was no warning before the strike. They [the coalition forces] said that there were weapons in our home but we are just simple farmers and we have nothing to do with anything.”

The following video by Almasirah TV, taken just after the incident reports 9 civilians killed including 4 children one of whom was 1 day old and injuring 6 others including women and children:

WARNING, the video below is GRAPHIC and DISTRESSING. It is put here as evidence to support the call for an independent enquiry into war crimes and to call on the West to stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia.

This is Mwatana's report of the incident:

The following initial daily report from the Legal Center for Rights and Development based in Sanaa Yemen, also confirms the above incident of house destroyed and 9 people killed in the Bani Matar area in Sanaa. In addition it also lists an additional 5 people killed and 4 injured in Aden, a house destroyed and 5 people including children injured in Saada, a car destroyed and two people injured in Hajja, and a bridge hit in the Al Mazeriq district of Hajja:

The following more detailed report for the incident was later published by the Legal Center for Rights and Development, confirming 10 people killed including 6 children and 2 women, in addition to 7 people seriously injured.

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