Early Sunday morning 30th August 2015, Saudi led coalition airstrikes hit a water bottling factory in Hajjah province, killing at least 14 workers, including 3 boys, and wounding 11 more.
This is HRW's report of the incident:
On August 30 at about 3:50 a.m., an airstrike hit Al-Sham Water Bottling Factory in the outskirts of Abs. The strike destroyed the factory and killed 14 workers, including three boys, who were nearing the end of their night shift, and wounded 11 more. Many of the dead and wounded, as well as the owner of the factory, were from the same family.
Hamza Abdu Muhammad Rouzom, 26, a factory worker present at the time of the explosion, told Human Rights Watch he was on the shift that started at 8 p.m. and was set to end at 5 a.m.:
"Because we work with noisy machines, if there were planes flying overhead, we would not have heard them. The explosion was almost like a dream, it all happened so quickly. I heard a whizzing sound for a second, then a huge explosion. I lost consciousness for at least 30 minutes, and when I woke up I saw people were trying to help me. I was covered in blood and dust and had a big cut on my right foot. They carried me to my car, and as they did, I looked around me and saw fire everywhere. I saw my friends and coworkers wounded, some completely burned. It was one of the worst moments of my life."
He was taken to a hospital in Hodaida, but because of a lack of medical supplies, was transferred to a second hospital soon after.
Khaled Ibrahim Musaed, 34, a journalist who lives about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the factory, said that coalition aircraft carried out more than a dozen strikes on a range of military and government installations that night in other parts of Hajja governorate, and the strike on the factory was the last. Two workers at the plant told Human Rights Watch that this was the only strike in the direct vicinity and that they knew of no military targets close to the area.
Later on August 30, after the airstrike, Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, the military spokesman for the coalition, reportedly told Reuters that the plant had been used by the Houthis to make explosive devices, and was not, in fact, a bottling factory. All of the individuals Human Rights Watch interviewed said that plant was being used to bottle water and was not used for any military purposes. A group of international journalists traveled to the site of the blast two days after it was hit and reported that they could not find evidence of any military targets in the area. They said that they carefully examined the site, and took photos and videos of piles of scorched plastic bottles melted together from the heat of the explosion. They could not find any evidence that the factory was being used for military purposes.
List of the dead as reported by HRW:
Location: Al-Sham Water Bottling Plant
|Abdullah Haddi Muhammad Rouzom||Male||32||Killed|
|Omar Muhammad Ahmad Hashed||Male||28||Killed|
|Muhammad Ibrahim Muhammad Hashed||Male||25||Killed|
|Abdu Muhammad Ahmad Hassen Shabin||Male||20||Killed|
|Ahmad Ibrahim Muhammad Hashed||Male||13||Killed|
|Ali Shamil Ali Boheis||Male||40||Killed|
|Hassen Muhammad Shabin||Male||30||Killed|
|Hashed Ali Bin Ali Hashed||Male||16||Killed|
|Muhammad Hassan Jalhouf||Male||45||Killed|
|Hisham Ali Shouai Makin||Male||28||Killed|
|Walid Muhammad Ibrahim Hansh||Male||25||Killed|
|Ahmad Ali Shabin||Male||16||Killed|
|Ali Bin Hashed||Male||35||Wounded|
|Ibrahim Ali Hashed||Male||27||Wounded|
|Saad Ali Ahmad Hashed||Male||19||Wounded|
|Hamza Abdu Muhammad Rouzom||Male||26||Wounded|
|Zain Yusif Zain||Male||35||Wounded|
|Abdu Ibrahim Muhammad Hashed||Male||32||Wounded|
|Yahya Ali Donami||Male||28||Wounded|
|Ibrahim Taib Ali||Male||24||Wounded|
|Abdu Ali Muhammad Hashed||Male||25||Wounded|
|Adel Muhammad Ismael||Male||18||Wounded|
|Muhammad Ibrahim Zamoh||Male||40||Wounded|
This is Mwatana's report of the incident: