Saudi Arabia-led coalition used US-made bomb in Yemen, says Amnesty


Amnesty International has reported that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has used a US-manufactured bomb for an attack in Yemen.

The attack on a residential building in Yemen killed 16 civilians and injured 17 others.

The air strike that occurred on 25 August hit a cluster of houses in the city of Sana’a, Amnesty stated.

An arms expert from the human rights organisation examined photographic evidence provided by a local journalist who dug out the remaining fragments of the weapon at the site.

During the examination, the expert found that the weapon had clear markings that matched US-made components commonly used in laser-guided air-dropped bombs.

"There simply is no explanation the USA or other countries such as the UK and France can give to justify the continued flow of weapons to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition for use in the conflict in Yemen."

The arms expert could positively identify the data plate from a US-made MAU-169L/B computer control group.

Amnesty International Middle East research director Lynn Maalouf said: “There simply is no explanation the US or other countries such as the UK and France can give to justify the continued flow of weapons to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition for use in the conflict in Yemen.

“It has time and time again committed serious violations of international law, including war crimes, over the past 30 months, with devastating consequences for the civilian population.”

According to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency, the US Government approved the sale of 2,800 guided bombs equipped with the MAU-169L/B computer control group to Saudi Arabia in 2015.

The sale included GBU-48, GBU-54, and GBU-56 guided bombs.