News Outlets Examine Efforts To Document, Investigate Attacks On Medical, Humanitarian Facilities In Yemen, Syria As War Crimes

Associated Press: Report: Over 130 attacks on medical facilities in Yemen war
“Over 130 attacks on medical facilities in Yemen’s civil war could constitute war crimes by all parties to the conflict, a database project said on Thursday. The Yemen Archive said that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned rebels was allegedly responsible for 72 attacks, while the rebels, known as Houthis, were blamed for at least 52 attacks…” (Magdy, 11/14).

New York Times: U.N. Query on Syria Hospital Bombings May Be Undermined by Russia Pressure, Limited Scope
“The aerial bombings of hospitals in rebel areas of Syria have long stood out as possible war crimes, so brazen that the leader of the United Nations ordered a special inquiry three months ago, raising hope of some accountability. But with evidence accumulating that the Syrian government’s Russian allies are responsible for some of those bombings, the opposite appears to be happening. The scope of the inquiry has so far been limited to just seven sites among the many targeted, according to an internal United Nations document seen by The New York Times. At the same time, diplomats say Russia has been pressing the global organization’s leader, Secretary-General António Guterres, not to release the conclusions of even this narrow inquiry…” (Hurst et al., 11/14).

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