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UN Team to Probe Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

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Oct ,1 \NewNews

The United Nations had agreed to send a group of experts to investigate reported war crimes in Yemen, the UN Human Rights Council announced. Saudi Arabia, whose coalition has been repeatedly accused of targeting civilians, agreed to the probe following a compromise between Western powers and a group of Arab states. The war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people since Saudi Arabian led forces have started their campaign against the Yemeni people in March 2015, according to the UN.

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.

More than 13,000 people have been killed since the onset of the campaign more than two and a half years ago. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

The Saudi war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

According to data provided by the World Health Organization and Yemen’s Health Ministry, the country’s cholera outbreak, the worst on record in terms of its rapid spread, has infected 612,703 people and killed 2,048 since it began in April, with some districts still reporting sharp rises in new cases.

The United Nations also says the Saudi war has left some 17 million Yemenis hungry, nearly seven million facing famine, and about 16 million almost without access to water or sanitation.

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