Friday, 29 May 2015

29th May 2015, 3 civilians killed including 1 child and 17 injured when Saudi led coalition airstrikes hit security camp, damaging nearby houses in Hajjah, Yemen

In 29th May 2015, the Saudi led coalition aistrikes struck the outside wall of a private security camp in Hajjah city, damaging nearby houses, resulting in the death of at least 3 civilians including 1 child, and injuring at least 17 more civilians.

HRW reported:

"an airstrike on Hajja City, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Sanaa, on May 29, 2015, killed at least three civilians, including one child, and wounded at least 17 civilians. Human Rights Watch visited Hajja City and the site of the attack on July 24. At the site of the attack, it was evident that a bomb had struck right outside the wall of the Naman camp for private security personnel, which is located near the top of a high hill in the city. According to residents, the Houthis were apparently using the camp to store weapons. The blast had spewed rocks and pieces of concrete onto residential houses located on the steep hillside below the camp, significantly damaging at least five houses."

A list of the casualties, as reported by HRW:

Location: Hajja
Date: 5/29/2015
Name Gender Age Killed/Wounded
Hamid Hassan Sabir Male 45 Killed
Ali Matar Male 60 Killed
Abd al-Malik Sabah Male 10 Killed
Amjad Sabah Male 5 Wounded
Muhammad Sabah Male 8 Wounded
Omar al-Qarah Male 12 Wounded
Abdullah Abdu Dahshush Male 6 Wounded
Osama al-Hushf Male 16 Wounded
Muhammad Abd al-Ghani al-Qushybi Male 6 Wounded
Ismail Ali al-Dukhyna Male 8 Wounded
Ali Kamil al-Dharwani Male 3 Wounded
`Amir Ahmed al-Hushf Male 25 Wounded
Abdu Dahshush Male 30 Wounded
Bint Muhammad Nasser Sasa Female under 18 Wounded
Bint Muhammad Abdullah Female under 18 Wounded
Rahma Zid al-Ghurbani Female 6 Wounded
Bint Abdullah al-Dukaina Female under 18 Wounded
Bint Ahmad Sabah Female 18 Wounded
Ibtihal Dahshush Female 14 Wounded
Maryam Muhammad Nasser Yaqub Female 30 Wounded

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

26th May 2015, Saudi led coalition airstrike hits home in Dar Saber village, Yemen, killing 8 including 6 children

On 26th May 2015, the Saudi led coalition airstrikes hit a family home in the village of Dar Saber outside of Ta'iz city, killing 8 family members (6 of them children) and injuring 7 others (2 of them children).

This is Amnesty International's report of the incident:


Eight members of the Sayed family, six of them children, were killed and seven others, including two children, were injured when coalition forces bombed their home in Dar Saber village, outside Ta’iz city on 26 May at 5am.

One of the remaining residents and neighbours from the village, Ali Qaed al-Hakm, told Amnesty International:

“On that day, we were surprised to hear the plane loudly at 5am. There was an explosion and we felt an immense pressure, so we opened the windows. After that, my daughter and I headed to the kitchen and said ‘alhamdullilah’ [thanks be to God] and then we saw a second explosion that you could not imagine. The village was collapsing over our heads and all we tried to do was to find out the source of the explosion. But suddenly we heard a man screaming ‘Save us! Save us!’ and we found out that it was Khaled Sayed’s house that was struck. Everyone thought this village was safe before this incident, it was full of displaced people who had come here to escape the conflict in the city. But everyone left after this airstrike.”

It is unclear whether Khaled Sayed’s home was the intended target of the airstrike, According to neighbours he is not associated with the Huthis and he was in fact not at home at the time of the strike, but several members of his family, including his children were. Dar Saber village has a common trait with other airstrikes: it is close to a Huthi/Saleh-loyalist-controlled military camp which has been repeatedly targeted by coalition airstrikes. This was the first and only airstrike on the village of Dar Sabr, which encompasses a cluster of 80 houses. Khaled Sayed’s house is 150-200 meters south of Muntazah Zayed, a park which has been repeatedly targeted by airstrikes and which had been used by the anti-Huthi Popular Resistance Committees (PRCs) and then by the Huthis for a short time after. It appears possible that the intended target of this strike was the nearby military camp (further up the mountain, hundreds of meters away) but that coalition forces failed to take the necessary precautions to minimize potential harm to civilians in the area.


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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

19th May 2015, Saudi led coalition airstrikes hit Rahban residential area Sadah city, killing 1 civilian and injuring 5

On 19th May 2015, the Saudi led coalition airstrikes struck the Rahban residential area in Sadah city five times, killing one civilian and injuring 5 more.

These videos document the Saudi led coalition air strikes on Yemen. WARNING, they are EXTREMELY GRAPHIC and DISTRESSING. They are 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 the Legal Center for Rights and Development's report for that day, including the airstrike on Rahban:


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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

12th May 2015, 60 dead 155 injured when UNESCO historical town of Zabid in Yemen bombed by Saudi led coalition

On the 12th May 2015, the Saudi led coalition bombed the historical town of Zabid in Hodeidah governorate of Yemen, which is listed by UNESCO as an 'outstanding archaeological and historical site' at risk. The Legal Center for Rights and Development list 60 dead (inc13 women and 8 children) and 155 injured as a result of the bombardment.

Sites damaged or destroyed  included public buildings, a public highway, a busy market place, a sweet shop, restaurants, grocery stores and a residential area next to a historical mosque. The strike on the marketplace was documented as a double tap strike where jets returned to strike the rescuers.

This is HRW's report of the incident:

At about 4:15 p.m. on May 12, aircraft dropped at least five bombs on the Houthi-controlled town of Zabid, 96 kilometers (0.6 miles) south of the western port city of Hodaida, killing at least 60 civilians, including 13 women and eight children, and wounding at least 155.

Human Rights Watch examined the site on July 26. Three of the bombs had struck a three-story building in the middle of the Shagia market. The first bomb struck a sweets shop in the building. The second strike, which witnesses said took place about five minutes later, hit a restaurant on the building’s ground floor. The third struck the building’s second floor, causing the structure to collapse. The force of the blasts also destroyed two other buildings housing another restaurant and four grocery stores.

Abdu Ahmed Thayfi, 36, a qat seller at the Shagia market, was injured in the second strike:

"I heard the first strike, and then a few minutes later, the second. I felt as if everything was spinning around me, and then it went black. I woke up and saw the muscle of my left leg torn open. My right leg bone was snapped in half. My brother Muhammad suddenly appeared and wanted to take me to the hospital, but I refused to go, because I knew they would want to amputate my leg."

Thayfi ended up having a bone transplant in his left leg and avoided an amputation.

Abdullah Amin al-Dhabi, 34, a local freelance editor, told Human Rights Watch that after hearing the explosion, he rushed to the market to find his cousin, a qat seller there:

"I saw at least 50 limbs ripped apart from the fragments of the explosion. I also saw other bodies of people I could recognize in front of the Shagia restaurant. There I saw my cousin, next to the bodies of three other people I knew: two of them were kids under the age of 12, another was a woman who used to sell bread by the door of the restaurant. Days later, we heard that neighbors were still finding the hands and heads of other victims on their roofs and their shops. The whole area stank."

Dr. Faisal Awad, chairman of the Zabid Relief Society, which led efforts to identify the dead, told Human Rights Watch that the authorities gathered 66 unidentified body parts from the marketplace.

At the same time as the strikes hit Shagia market, two bombs fell on a lemon grove about 600 meters (656 yards) from the market, and about 50 meters (54 yards) from the entrance to the home of Ahmed Bagesh, the owner of one of the restaurants destroyed in the market attack, killing nine civilians, including two women and four children. Three witnesses said that one of the two bombs did not explode, and that Houthi fighters came soon after the incident and removed the munition.

Bagesh told Human Rights Watch:

"Just as I heard the strikes on the marketplace, there were also two strikes right outside our doorway. My sister’s husband had just left our house—he had been over for a visit—and when I ran out, I found the top half of his body lying on the path by the door. The bottom half had been blown about 10 meters away."

Thabit Hamdain, 55, a qat seller at the Shagia market, told Human Rights Watch that a large public-sector textile factory about one kilometer (0.6 miles) from the market had been producing military uniforms for the Houthis, and said he suspected this was the target of the airstrike. The factory was unaffected by the airstrikes and had not been subsequently targeted by the time Human Rights Watch visited Zabid on July 26.

Hamdain noted that the day before the airstrike he recognized three mid-level Houthi commanders eating lunch in one of the restaurants in the market. Bagash, the restaurant owner, said that Houthi fighters often came to the market to buy qat and to eat at the restaurants, but they did not “hang around.” He also said there were no Houthi checkpoints near the market.

The presence of small numbers of Houthi military personnel at the market would not make the entire market a legitimate target for a bombing attack. A factory producing uniforms or others goods for the military would be a valid military target, but the workers inside would not be considered civilians directly participating in the hostilities. The coalition should conduct an investigation to determine whether the attack was unlawfully indiscriminate, whether an attack on the factory during working hours was disproportionate, and whether all feasible precautions had been taken to minimize civilian casualties.

Location: Zabid
Date: 5/12/2015
Name Gender Age Killed/Wounded
Ahmed Sulaiman Olian Male over 18 Killed
Khalil Abdu Sulaiman al-Mizgagi Male 35 Killed
Amar Muhammad Amin al-Ahdal Male over 18 Killed
Bunian Ahmad Sawlah Female over 18 Killed
Abd al-Aziz Salem Omar Orouq Male 30 Killed
Thabit Ahmad Qaderi Male over 18 Killed
Ibrahim Ahmad Hiba Makbuli Male over 18 Killed
Abdu Ahmad Dar Male over 18 Killed
Abdu Yusif Taher Marzouqi Male over 18 Killed
Muhammad Dawud Hakim Male over 18 Killed
Muhammad Izzi Abdullah Rukbi Male over 18 Killed
Mansour Muhammad Abdullah Mawqri Male over 18 Killed
Noaman Hassan Ragab Male over 18 Killed
Ahmed Ali Muftah Askri Male over 18 Killed
Ahmad Muhammad Awad Makbuli Male over 18 Killed
Aiman Muhammad Hassan Rami Male over 18 Killed
Gumala Ayash Said Derein (Uzaiti) Female over 18 Killed
Hassan Yahya Ismail Murahal Male over 18 Killed
Faisal Muharam Salman al-Shamiri Male over 18 Killed
Muhammad Anwar Futaini Wisabi Male over 18 Killed
Murad Muhammad Adam Haddi Male over 18 Killed
Wafa Yahya Salem Mauda Kabah Female over 18 Killed
Abdullah Abd al-Aziz Salem Qirshi (Orouk) Male 3 Killed
Abdullah Abdullah Ridwan Male over 18 Killed
Ismail Dawud Sulaiman al-Ahdal Male over 18 Killed
Akram Abd al-Hamid al-Qubati Male 30 Killed
al-Raimi al-Shaibah Male over 18 Killed
Bashar Hawash Daoud al-Wisabi Male 12 Killed
BashIr Ghalib Mahdi al-Shamiri Male 22 Killed
Bayan Ahmad Sawlah Female over 18 Killed
Gawad Muhammad Qaid al-Wisabi Male over 18 Killed
Husam Saif al-Qubati Male over 18 Killed
Hamoudah Wajih Female over 18 Killed
Salah Yahya Muhammad Ali Male over 18 Killed
Abd al-Hakim Muhammad Abdullah Ghalib Male over 18 Killed
Abd al-Rahman Abd al-Adhim Dabwan Male over 18 Killed
Abd al-Latif Yahya Muhammad Qurashi (Orouk) Male 15 Killed
Fatima Salem Omar Qurashi (Orouk) Female 30 Killed
Muhammad Abd al-Aziz Salem Qurashi (Orouk) Male 5 Killed
Murad Faisal Muhram Salman al-Shamiri Male over 18 Killed
Nagib Qaid Abdu Ghalib Male over 18 Killed
Neima Hassan Omar Kaboub Female 40 Killed
Haifa Abd al-Aziz Salim Qurashi (Orouk) Female 8 Killed
Hassan Ali Qasim Marwai Male over 18 Killed
Waila Kamela Female over 18 Killed
Muhammad Abd al-Aziz Salem Male 9 Killed
Hayfa Abd al-Aziz Salem Female 7 Killed
Abd al-Latif Orouq Male 18 Killed
Abdullah Bin Abdullah al-Shamiri (Bagesh) Male 40 Killed
Faisal Muharam Male 45 Killed
Murad Faisal Muharam Male 12 Killed
Numan Rajab al-Khalil Male over 18 Killed
1st daughter of Yahya Ahmad Sawlah Female over 18 Killed
2nd daughter of Yahya Ahmad Sawlah Female over 18 Killed
Daughter of Yahya Khabah Female over 18 Killed
Daughter of Ayash Aziz Female over 18 Killed
Ibrahim (Hibah) Male over 18 Killed
Salah al-Shamiri Male over 18 Killed
Hassan Murahal Male 35 Killed
Daughter of al-Musyab Female 18 Killed
Abd al-Majid Muhammad Abd al-Ghani Male 15 Wounded
Qasim Ali Qasim Akil Male 15 Wounded
Abdullah Ahmad Abdi Male 13 Wounded
Abdullah Salim Dawud Male 16 Wounded
Yahya Awad Yahya Murahal Male 15 Wounded
Khawla Salim Ali Musaib Female 10 Wounded
Ahmad Futaini Hawis Male 10 Wounded
Ismail Abdullah Ismail Salami Male 15 Wounded
Bassam Muhammad Abdullah Radman Male 14 Wounded
Zyad Rabia Muafa Galal Male 12 Wounded
Hisham Said Ahmad Hin Male 16 Wounded
Muhammad Abdullah Mata Male 12 Wounded
Muhammad Ammar al-Bahr Male 13 Wounded
Murtadha Faris Hadadi Male 9 Wounded
Qasim Ahmad Qasim Mahwat Male 15 Wounded
Nasim Muhammad Saghyir Talha Male 18 Wounded
Akram Wahb Allah Hafid Male 15 Wounded
Haitham Wahb Allah Hafid Male 16 Wounded
Othman Muhammad Adam Saigh Male 15 Wounded
Muhammad Ahmad Sulaiman Olian Male 8 Wounded
Murad Kadaf Sulaiman Ashiq Male 6 Wounded
Abdullah Abd al-Wahab al-Ahdal Male 15 Wounded
Adil Hatim Ali Garwan Male 12 Wounded
Ahmad Abdullah Hilal Male 43 Wounded
Muhammad Ahmad Numari Male 22 Wounded
Muhammad Abdu Hamza Male 19 Wounded
Adel Hatim Ali Garwan Male 12 Wounded
Ridhwan Abdu Ahmad Mizgagi Male over 18 Wounded
Hamada Ismail Futaini Kushi Male 22 Wounded
Walid Muhammad Ali Omar Ahiaf Male 35 Wounded
Sami Ahmad Muhammad Sulaiman Quba Male 30 Wounded
Muhammad Fawzi Khadim al-Okli Male 25 Wounded
Hassan Omar Ayash Male 45 Wounded
Isam Ahmad Bahkali Male 36 Wounded
Abdullah Sulaiman Daoud al-Wisabi Male 25 Wounded
Asim Abd al-Ghafar Abd al-Wahab al-Maghbashi Male 27 Wounded
Abd Al-Rahman Muhammad Badr al-Hubaishi al-Shamiri Male 25 Wounded
Fathi Ghalib al-Maqbani Male 28 Wounded
Hashid Nasr Farhan Male 26 Wounded
Nizar Yahya Rafia Male 25 Wounded
Faris Abdu Ali Shama Male 30 Wounded
Mahmoud Ali Muhammad Hajri Male 13 Wounded
Sulaiman Daoud Halabi Male 28 Wounded
Mariam Hatash Kharfag Abdullah Female 30 Wounded
Yahya Obaid Omar Bashah Male 30 Wounded
Ahmad Hassar Mashrai Male 35 Wounded
Muhammad Amin Izzi al-Ahdal Male 50 Wounded
Bassam Badr Qasim Mahreqi Male 26 Wounded
Abdullah Muhammad Muhsin Balkam Male 23 Wounded
Adel Muhammad Abdullah Zailai Male 27 Wounded
Ishaq Abd al-Hakim Ahmad al-Shamiri Male 20 Wounded
Murad Kadaf Sulaiman Asheq Male 7 Wounded
Abdu Salim Hubal Male 40 Wounded
Mutia Mansour Said Gabir Male 14 Wounded
Khalid Ahmad Kadari Male 38 Wounded
Yahya Ahmad Izzi Gubaili Male 20 Wounded
Abdu Ibrahim Garahi Male 45 Wounded
Murad Tahir al-Sharabi Male 15 Wounded
Muhammad Abd al-Kadir Nassir Hizam Male 20 Wounded
Futaini Ammar Salim Zawbal Male over 18 Wounded
Samir Tahir Hassan Maqbouli Male 27 Wounded
Basil Hassan Sadiq Male 28 Wounded
Ghalib Muhammad Antari Male 36 Wounded
Gamal Muhammad Abdullah Gharmash Male 25 Wounded
Nadir Rizq Izzi Saghyir Male 25 Wounded
Haitham Wahb Allah Hafid Male 16 Wounded
Hisham Ghalib Haroun Male 35 Wounded
Fadl Omar Obaid Maraqah Male 30 Wounded
Sami Ahmad Mubarab Male 30 Wounded
Issam Omar Obaid Maraqah Male 35 Wounded
Izzi Obaid Mass Maraqah Male 40 Wounded
Abdullah Obaid Mass Maraqah Male 30 Wounded
Fahman Yasir Saif al-Qubati Male over 18 Wounded
Abd al-Majid Abdullah Izzi Shaoush Male 20 Wounded
Muhammad Ali Abdullah al-Qirsh Male 30 Wounded
Nakli Ahmad Male over 18 Wounded
Muhammad Gamal Jidi Male over 18 Wounded
Abdullah Awad Qasri Male 40 Wounded
Haitham Gamal Matari Male 20 Wounded
Muhammad Saghyir Talha Male 50 Wounded
Muhammad Abd a-Kadir Nasr al-Sharabi Male 35 Wounded
Arfat Ahmad Kulaib Duqn Male 25 Wounded
Obaid Salim Abdullah Khalouf Male 60 Wounded
Muhammad Awadh Olala Male 19 Wounded
Hayel Said Ibrahim Khalil (Numari) Male 19 Wounded
Ibrahim Qasim Muhammad Shalalut (Mahwat) Male 35 Wounded
Hamdoun Ismail Futaini Qirshi Male 27 Wounded
Abdullah Abdu Hatib Male 25 Wounded
Muhammad Omar Muhammad Ahiaf Male 40 Wounded
Ali Qassim AqIl Male 55 Wounded
Muhammad Ali Ahmad al-Ammar Male over 18 Wounded
Najd Abdu Ali Shama Male 28 Wounded
Majdi Maged Guman Kharfaj Male over 18 Wounded
Nssir Bin Nassir Nawbi Male 25 Wounded
Ahmad Abdullah Abdu Quroush Male 26 Wounded
Muhammad Yahya Rudaini Male 24 Wounded
Sulaiman Muhammad Ali Hajri Male 58 Wounded
Basim Salim Yasin Male 22 Wounded
Hussien Ismail Salami Male 35 Wounded
Abdu Yahya Rafia Male over 18 Wounded
Nasser Ahmad Hamoud Fassa Male 35 Wounded
Muhammad Sulaiman Mahmoud Olaian Male 50 Wounded
Muhammad Said Awadh Duqn Male 45 Wounded
Rim Hatash Abdullah Kharfaj Female 20 Wounded
Sharjaba Muhammad Omar Faraj Female 42 Wounded
Said Muhammad Talha Male 30 Wounded
Mahmoud Yahya Qasim al-Ibbi Male 50 Wounded
Muhammad Yahya Abd al-Baqi al-Ahdal Male 40 Wounded
Fahd Ahmad Salem al-Abd Male 25 Wounded
Harib Omar Muhammad Kadir Male 35 Wounded
Muhammad Saghyir Ali Nahari Male 25 Wounded
Ahmad Mahmoud Gharbi Muhsin Male 30 Wounded
Fahim Abdu Muhammad Shaoush Male 30 Wounded
Qaid Hassan Ibrahim Galal Male 25 Wounded
Maged Salim Muhammad Muhjib Male 27 Wounded
Ali Ahmad Abdullah Ilias Male 33 Wounded
Ahmad Muhammad Antari Male 28 Wounded
Hussein Sulaiman Awadh Kushmoua Male 60 Wounded
Ibrahim Said Gabir Male over 18 Wounded
Abdu Ali Abdullah Hilal Male 50 Wounded
Naji Muhammad Ismail Najm Male 36 Wounded
Hisham Ahmad Abdu Bazi Male 8 Wounded
Abdullah Ahmad Kadari Male 29 Wounded
Ahmad Muhammad Bin al-Ahdal Male 55 Wounded
Muhammad Abdullah Numari Male 22 Wounded
Hussien Ibrahim Muhammad Shaqika Male over 18 Wounded
Kamal Ahmad Muhammad Sulaiman Kuba Male 28 Wounded
Ahmad Futaini Hwais Male 10 Wounded
Hisham Abdu Awadh Banjooh Male 25 Wounded
Abdu Ahmad Baishi (Thanab) Male 35 Wounded
Zyad Rabia Muafa Galagel Male 12 Wounded
Muhammad Ahmad Maqbuli Male over 18 Wounded
Hassan Ahmad Ibrahim Hubaishi Male 55 Wounded
Saber Ahmad Ismail Dulaiqa Male 23 Wounded
Said Nasser Tamam Male 55 Wounded
Abd al-Rahman al-Mizgagi Male over 18 Wounded
Muhammad Abd al-Haddi Matah Male 10 Wounded
Muhammad Ali Ghalib al-Inabi Male 50 Wounded
Adel Khadim Muqtari Male 40 Wounded
Issam Muhammad Ali Ikab Male 36 Wounded
Rabia Murshid Omar Khadim Female 50 Wounded
Ibrahim Ahmad Hubaishi Male 31 Wounded
Amin Rizq Izzi Saghyir Male 30 Wounded
Muhammad Salim al-Maqbouli Male 35 Wounded
Muhammad Awadh Abd al-Malik Male 21 Wounded
Ahmad Ismail Futaini Qurashi Male 23 Wounded
Faiz Ahmad Qasim Muhawat Male 19 Wounded
Abd al-Malik Qasri Male 20 Wounded
Muhammad Daoud Halabi Male 35 Wounded
Ahmad Salim Amin Balkam Male 45 Wounded
Abdullah Taher al-Sharabi Male 21 Wounded
Taysir Muhammad Talha Male 25 Wounded
Bashir Hussien Abdu Batash Male over 18 Wounded
Amro Amr Mass Marfah Male over 18 Wounded
Hani Said Ali Gawmah Male 20 Wounded

This is a brief translation of an Almasirah TV report (video below) at that time:

The Saudi-led coalition carried out 4 raids on a popular market in the Zabid, south of Al Hodeidah, which houses a large number of local restaurants, grocery stores, super markets  and khat stalls. The bombardment showered the market and nearby houses with shells, turning the streets into pools of blood and human remains. 40 people are reported dead and 56 wounded with countless missing under the rubble.

An old man appears screaming: “They killed my son in the restaurant” and another lying in a stretcher weeping “they bombed us, old people and children, they hit twice, stopped, then they bombed us twice again. Aren’t we Muslim? Why are they killing us?”

WARNING: the media below is graphic and distressing. It is put here as evidence of war crimes, to call on the UN for an independent inquiry, and to call on Western governments to honour the Arms Treaty and to stop the supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

This is the report from the Legal Center for Rights and Development, listing names of the dead and injured and some testimonies of some of the witnesses:

This is Mwatana's report of the incident:

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12th May 21015, 25 civilians killed 18 injured when Abs prison hit by Saudi led airstrikes in Yemen

On the 12th May 2015, the Saudi led coalition airstrikes hit a prison, the prison mosque and a nearby home, killing at least 25 civilian including 1 woman and 3 children, and injuring 18 more.

This HRW's report of the incident:

At about 3:15 p.m. on May 12, just before the afternoon prayer time, two bombs hit the Abs/Kholan Prison and other buildings in Abs, a town 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the port city of Hodaida. Thirty-three men convicted of petty crimes were incarcerated there at the time. The strikes killed at least 25 civilians, including one woman and three children, and wounded at least 18 civilians.

Human Rights Watch examined the site on July 25. The bomb hit the prison’s mosque, at the corner of the prison compound, collapsing the structure. Ali Muhammad Hassan Mualim, 55, a local builder, told Human Rights Watch that he was chewing qat with friends at the time of the strike, in a building about 200 meters (219 yards) away and facing the prison:

"When I heard the explosion, I went out and ran toward the prison. I saw bodies, about 30 of them, some cut in half, some with severed limbs. Sometimes I get flashbacks to that day and I get sick—I start throwing up and get headaches."

Among those killed were 17 prisoners, a prison guard, and two people in a shop near the prison, according to a medic at the hospital in Abs.[68] Mualim said he also saw the body of a man who had been driving by the prison on his motorcycle at the time of the attack.

The second bomb struck minutes later, hitting the home of Omar Ali Farjain, about 50 meters (164 feet) from the prison, killing his wife and three of their children. The strike injured Farjain and his daughter, Maryam, 5, who was left with burns and metal fragments in her head. The blast ripped the fa├žade off the building and incinerated the family’s car parked in front.

Muhammad Ahmed Yahya Wadar, a government soldier who lost his brother in the attack, arrived at the scene right after the bombing:

"I heard the bombing from home, and immediately came running to the prison. I saw torn bodies—legs and hands lying where the prison mosque used to be, including my brother Kamal’s. He was a guard at the prison. His son was wounded in the explosion as well."

Human Rights Watch has not been able to determine the intended target of the attack. Khalid Ali Farjain, the brother of Omar Farjain, said he had visited the prison every day since the war began to provide food to the inmates, and that he had never seen any military activity at the prison, such as weapons stored inside or nearby, or Houthi or allied military personnel.

One local resident said that a few dilapidated buildings near the prison belonged to the Yemeni military and had been used to house families of officers, but others denied this. Human Rights Watch discovered the chassis and parts of what appeared to be two military jeeps among the dilapidated buildings, but found no other signs that the area had been used for military purposes, or that people had recently lived in the buildings.

A National Security officer in Sanaa told Human Rights Watch that at the time of the strike, the Houthis had been holding several Saudi prisoners of war at the Abs/Kholan Prison. Human Rights Watch was unable to verify this information.

Since the beginning of the war, several airstrikes in other parts of Abs targeted the military airport, a military compound, and another building off the main road that residents said was being used for military purposes.

Ordinary prisons are civilian objects that may not be targeted unless they are being used for military purposes. Had the Houthis been using the prison to hold captured combatants, it would be a legitimate military objective, though any attack would need to be proportionate, not causing more civilian casualties than the anticipated military gain of the attack.

Location: Abs/Kholan Prison
Date: 5/12/2015
Suleiman Abdu Muhammad al-Haj
Muhammad Ahmad Aqash
Kamal Wadar
over 18
Wife of Omar Farjain
over 18
Abdullah Omar Ali Farjain
Maria Abdullah
Walid Abdu Muhammad
Maryam Omar Ali Farjain
Omar Ali Farjain
over 18
Abdul Haddi Kamal Wadar
under 18
*The rest of the casualty list is on file at Abs Clinic

What Military Target Was in My Brother's House

The Legal Center for Rights and Development also listed the bombing of the prison in their daily report:

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Monday, 11 May 2015

11th May 2015, weapons cache in Mount Nuqum hit by Saudi led coalition airstrikes, killing and injuring nearby residents

On 11th May 2015, Saudi led coalition airstrikes targeted a weapons cached in Mount Nuqum, resulting in deaths and injuries of nearby residents.

The following are excerpts from Amnesty International reports which includes interviews with witnesses from the incident:

Airstrikes on weapons depotsMany of the other civilian victims in the hospitals Amnesty International visited were injured by secondary explosions when attacks by Saudi Arabian-led coalition aircraft struck a weapons cache in the Mount Nuqum neighbourhood on 11 May.

Amnesty International interviewed four residents of Mount Nuqum who witnessed the attack and seven others who were injured in secondary explosions caused by the air strikes, including four children and two women. One of the women interviewed said that her son was killed in the same blast that had injured her. Around 40 people were killed in the strike according to the Ministry of Health, although Amnesty International could not independently verify this figure. Nearly 140 people injured in the attack were admitted for treatment at al-Thawra and Kuwait hospitals according to hospital staff and records.

Mount Nuqum, airstrike on weapons depot on 11 May 2015

Ahmad, a resident of Mount Nuqum present during the airstrike early in the evening on 11 May 2015, told Amnesty International that he heard four large explosions following aerial attacks. The airstrikes hit a weapons cache in the mountain which then set off a series of secondary explosions and projectiles. Ahmad said that the secondary projectiles continued to go off until 7am the next day. He said that anti-aircraft weapons that had been stored in the mountain were “dropping like rain” on the neighbourhood. Ahmad estimated that the weapons cache was about 200-250 meters away from the homes in the congested residential area.

One of the residents injured in the secondary blasts was Bassel, a 16-year-old resident of Mount Nuqum who was helping to evacuate women from the area after the strikes had started. He told Amnesty International:

“I was trying to evacuate women from the area just before the strike at 6:30pm. We were in front of the Ghamdan School with our relatives. There were no fighters there. People were running away. I was walking when I was hit. One guy came in a car and took me to the hospital. My mom was also hit with shrapnel.”

Bassel’s right leg was amputated below the knee as a result of his injury.

Amnesty International also met Firas, a four year old who was injured in his home near to Mount Nuqum on 11 May from a secondary explosion, and spoke to a relative who was with him at the hospital. Firas’ left hand and right leg had been injured by shrapnel. His mother, the relative told us, also had a fragmentation injury to her face.

Sanaa’s publicly-run Kuwait Hospital was one of several hospitals where staff said they had to send patients away, because essential equipment had become inoperable without electricity or fuel for generators.

I visited the hospital during a power outage. During the visit, an injured woman told me she had lost her adult son in an explosion in the Mount Nogum neighborhood of Sanaa on May 11. Shrapnel severed his head “like a sword,” she said. The blast had been triggered by an airstrike on a weapons storage facility in the neighborhood.

Action on Armed Violence reported:

Sana'a has repeatedly been hit by aerial bombing and other explosive weapon attacks. Many strikes reportedly targeted military objectives such as weapon stockpiles or checkpoints, but civilians have still been caught up in the wide-area effects of the explosive weapons used. 'We have been emphasizing the need to consider alternatives to explosive weapons with wide-area effects when attacking military targets in populated areas,' said Cedric Schweizer, the former head of the ICRC's delegation in Yemen. 'In the case of the Sana'a munitions depot [an airstrike carried out on 11 May], harm to the civilian population came not just from the munitions that exploded but also from those that that did not, and lay in the street where children could play with them.'

Aug 2015 State of Crisis: Explosive Weapons in Yemen

The following report by The Legal Center for  Rights and Development states that 26 civilians were killed including 4 children and 8 women, plus hundreds more injured including 36 children and 16 women:

This is witness testimony that Jamila received from @__sabahi__ a resident in the area:

This photo was also sent by @__sabahi__who took the picture from a car whilst fleeing, near to Alsabeen Field at 7.02pm that evening:

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