Saudi military has used US-made cluster bombs in at least two deadly attacks on an overcrowded market in the northwestern town of Mastaba on March 15, Human Rights Watch said.
The attack killed and wounded more than 107 Yemini civilians, including children.
Only one day after the bloody carnage, HRW dispatched and investigation team to document the incident.
The team found fragments of US-madeGBU-31 satellite-guided bomb as well as its guidance equipment. Early reports made by British Television Channel ITV hinted to the possibility of using cluster bombs by Saudi military.
“One of the deadliest strikes against civilians in Yemen’s year-long war involved US-supplied weapons, illustrating tragically why countries should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia,” Priyanka Motaparthy, emergencies researcher at HRW, said.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of 9 Arab States against Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The year-long war has claimed the lives of thousands, displaced hundreds of thousands, and destroyed an enormous portion of the country’s infrastructure.