Monday, 6 April 2015

6th April 2015, airstrikes target home, killing children and damaging neighbouring homes

On Monday 6th April 2015, the Saudi led coalition targeted the home of a farmer in the village of Beit Rejal in Bani Matar, to the West of Sanaa. Killing at least 5 civilians including 2 women and 3 children, plus another 6 were wounded. At least 1 house was destroyed and 2 others damaged.

This is Amnesty International's report of the incident:

Beit Rijal Village, Beni Matar, (Sana’a governorate), 6 April 2015

Two airstrikes against the home of the Sha’lan family and a neighbouring qat farm in the village at around 2PM on 6 April killed three children and two women and injured six others (two children, two women, two men).

Saleh Yahya Sha’lan, 53, the owner of the home that was struck, told Amnesty International he was at the mosque at the time of the strike:

“I heard the explosion at approximately 2PM… I ran home and I arrived to see my son Sha’lan and my grandson Hazem dead. The rocket had hit the kitchen and thrown them approximately 70 metres out of the house… We tried to rescue the injured first. My daughter Safaa was taken to the hospital, she was pregnant… I have been rendered homeless without even clothes.”

His neighbour ‘Abdelnasser ‘Atiya, a 23-year-old qat farmer, told Amnesty International:

“At around 2:30PM, we saw the plane en route to Jabal ‘Ayban [a mountaintop Republican Guard military installation 3km away] and then it veered off towards our village and hit us with two rockets, one hit house of Saleh Sha’lan and the second hit the qat farm. Eighteen-year-old Intisar [Saleh Yahya Sha’lan’s daughter] was milking a cow with her nephew Hazem and the rocket threw them 50 metres into the farm. It took us an hour to find their bodies.”

According to ‘Abdelnasser, there were no hostilities going on or fighters present at the time. Beit Rijal village is three kilometres north-west of a Huthi/Saleh loyalist-controlled Jabal ‘Ayban Air Defence base – which may have been the intended target. There was no prior warning.

More reports:

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The following reports by the Legal Center for Rights and Development give further details of the incident.

This is Mwatana's report of the incident:

Ref: 15040602

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