Wednesday, 28 October 2015

28th Oct 2015, suspected banned weapons causing terrible burn injuries use in Yemen by the Saudi led coalition

On 28th October 2015, the Saudi led coalition used suspected banned weapons causing terrible flesh injuries.

This was a post to Facebook at that time:

Saudi-led coalition uses internationally prohibited weapons on Yemeni civilians.

Khaled Ali from Tihama in Al-Hodeidah governorate in Yemen is a victim of the internationally prohibited weapons used by the Saudi-led coalition on Yemeni civilians. The victims arrived to the burns center at the Republican hospital in the capital where doctors reported that they had never witnessed such brutal and violent injuries from weapons used by the coalition to date. The shrapnel injury causes a total break down of skin and muscular tissue as well as nerve and vein death and the degeneration of the muscle goes down to the bone. Doctors expressed their shock and dismay at their inability to provide assistance to the victims and have asked for foreign medical experts to assist.


The following is a translation of the video report below by Almasirah TV:

The Republican Hospital Burn Center at Sanaa received 5 cases of burns of unknown type. Four of the victims died and one, Khaled, is battling the unfamiliar deadly wounds. Khaled was injured in Tihama district by bomb fragments from a Saudi raid. Khaled is suffering from lacerated flesh, death of tissue, and arteries extended to the bone. The doctors were astonished and they are unable to provide appropriate treatment. They remarked that it was the first time in their medical experience to witness such a case, as neither condition of the burns nor the shrapnel injuries were usual. Khaled is suffering from indescribable pain, crying that he is unable to sleep morning or night.

A human rights delegation that visited the hospital confirmed the existence of several deaths with a similar description, calling on all human rights organizations in the world to send chemical and non-traditional weapons experts for assessment and guidance in handling these cases.

WARNING: the following videos and images of the incident are extremely graphic and distressing. They are put here as evidence of war crimes to call for an independent UN investigation and to call on Western countries to honour the Arms Treaty and stop the supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia. 

On a positive note, Khaled was later reported to have travelled to Oman for treatment after this incident:

Ref: 15102801

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