During remarks made to the UNSC on Monday, US Ambassador to
the UN Samantha Power called on Riyadh to halt its airstrikes on schools,
hospitals and other civilian targets, Press TV reported.
“Ambassador Power’s remarks, calling for an end to
unlawful strikes that kill civilians and hit protected civilian objects, are
certainly welcome. But the US has repeatedly failed to acknowledge its own role
providing vital support to those airstrikes by refueling coalition planes and
continuing to supply Saudi Arabia with US weapons,” HRW’s senior
emergencies researcher Priyanka Motaparthy was quoted by ABC News as saying on
She noted that the rights group has on multiple occasions
called on Washington to stop selling arms to the Saudis and to stop fueling
“It’s time for the government to go beyond just statements
and suspend their support,” she added.
During her remarks, Power condemned a Saudi airstrike on a
funeral procession that killed more than 140 people in Sana’a in October.
Following an investigation, the Saudis admitted they carried out the strike
based on what they referred to as bad information. At the time, the
investigation led by HRW found that the bomb used in the attack was US-made.
In September, Amnesty International also reported that a US
manufactured bomb had been used in a Saudi strike against a Doctors Without
Borders hospital in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah which claimed the
lives of 19 people.
Saudi Arabia has been launching airstrikes on Yemen since
March 2015. The war was launched in an unsuccessful attempt to reinstate Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has resigned as Yemen’s president. The UN puts the
death toll from the military aggression at over 10,000.