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Yemen: Cluster Munitions Harm Civilians

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Sunday 31st May 2015

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(Sanaa, May 31, 2015) – Banned cluster munitions have wounded civilians including a child in attacks in Houthi-controlled territory in northern Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch visited the Saada governorate in northern Yemen, including one of the sites that had been attacked, on May 15 and 16, 2015.

“The Saudi-led coalition and other warring parties in Yemen need to recognize that using banned cluster munitions is very likely to harm civilians,” said Ole Solvang, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch. “These weapons can’t distinguish military targets from civilians, and their unexploded submunitions threaten civilians, especially children, even long after the fighting.”

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