Yemen civil war: Saudi-led air strikes kill 68 civilians in one day, says UN

Yemen civil war: Saudi-led air strikes kill 68 civilians in one day, says UN

Latest attacks take total civilian death toll to 109 in past 10 days alone, prompting UN to lament ‘absurd and futile war’

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed 68 civilians in just one day, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator in Yemen has said, condemning such “indiscriminate” attacks in an “absurd and futile war”.

Strikes on two sites on 26 December took the total civilian death toll from air strikes in the last ten days to 109, in addition to 75 people who have been injured.

The UN accused the coalition of showing “complete disregard for human life” in an unusually direct criticism of the war in which the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the United States, Britain and others, is fighting Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

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Saudi Airstrikes Kill 48 Yemeni Civilians In 24 Hours

Saudi Airstrikes Kill 48 Yemeni Civilians In 24 Hours:

At least 48 Yemeni civilians have been killed by the Saudi Coalition in the last 24 hours, the Saba News Agency reported. “A total of 48 civilians, including women and children, were killed and wounded in 51 airstrikes launched by US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition using internationally banned weapons on several Yemeni provinces over the past few hours, military and security officials told Saba on Sunday,” the news agency reported.

The Saudi airstrikes were primarily concentrated on the northern part of the country, where the Houthis currently control several provinces. In addition to northern Yemen, the Saudi airstrikes were also targeted the western part of the country, including the Hodeidah Port that was finally reopened after being blockaded for several weeks.

The death toll from airstrikes included the deaths four civilians reportedly attending a demonstration inside the Yemeni capital – the attack followed a large number of air raids conducted above Sana’a. According to Saba News Agency, the Saudi Coalition airstrikes not only killed four civilians, but also wounded dozens of others, including many women and children. The report added that the airstrikes were conducted during a solidarity vigil that was held in support of Palestine.

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‘Orgy of Killing’: US-Backed ‘Liberation’ of Mosul Left 10,000 Civilians Dead

‘Orgy of Killing’: US-Backed ‘Liberation’ of Mosul Left 10,000 Civilians Dead:

After the United States and its proxy armies “liberated” the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this year, the world’s superpower unsurprisingly turned a blind eye to a massacre that took place soon after. As the Guardian aptly phrased it, the aftermath was an “orgy” of killing.

The Guardian explains that it was the brutal conduct of the Iraqi Armed Forces that enabled Iraq to successfully liberate Mosul from ISIS’ dominance, stating:

“One of the factors that had aided Isis’s takeover of Mosul was the conduct of the Iraqi army and security forces stationed in the city, who behaved like sectarian occupation forces, mistreating and detaining the population at will. In the early stages of the battle for Mosul, the Iraqi army and police, keen to change their prevailing image, had taken care to preserve the lives of civilians. Soldiers and officers used their vehicles to help people evacuate their homes, and offered water and medical help. But the Old City was seen as the last refuge of Isis, and almost every inhabitant was treated as a suspect. Fighting-age men from other parts of the city, and those with injuries, were detained on the spot. The rest were sent to detention centres, where their identity would be checked.”

According to the non-partisan monitoring group Airwars, the civilian death toll in Mosul may have exceeded 10,000. Those who were fortunate enough to survive coalition bombings were apparently treated as suspected ISIS members, and the result was a host of crimes that should make The Hague cringe.

The Guardian explains:

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Videos: US-Backed Regime in Honduras Imposes Martial Law, Slaughtering Civilians

Videos: US-Backed Regime in Honduras Imposes Martial Law, Slaughtering Civilians:

In 2009, a U.S.-backed coup ousted the democratically elected government of Honduras and replaced it with the regime currently in power. Last Sunday, Hondurans went to the polls to elect a new leader. The contest was primarily between the current President Juan Orlando Hernández and Opposition Alliance candidate Salvador Nasralla.

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Trump Has Killed More Civilians with Illegal Drone Strikes in 9 Months Than Obama Did in 8 Years

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Trump Has Killed More Civilians with Illegal Drone Strikes in 9 Months Than Obama Did in 8 Years:

While the mainstream media focuses on anything but the current state of U.S. intervention in the Middle East, the Trump Administration is breaking records by accumulating a horrific number of civilian deaths.

Former President Obama earned the nickname of “Drone King” when he dramatically escalated the use of drone strikes, while also downplaying the number of innocent civilians who became “collateral damage.” In the two years that his administration devoted to publicly spending millions of taxpayer dollars to fight the Islamic State group, the estimated civilian death toll ranged from 2,300 to 3,400, according to Airwars, an organization tracking deaths in the war against ISIS.

President Trump has been in office for just 9 months, and he has already surpassed Obama’s murderous record with estimated numbers as high as 4,500 civilian deaths.

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Monitors: US Airstrikes Have Killed 2,617 Civilians in Syria

Monitors: US Airstrikes Have Killed 2,617 Civilians in Syria:

(ANTIWAR.COM) — While the official Pentagon reports on civilian deaths claim far fewer deaths, NGOs have been consistently documenting a massive number of civilian bystanders killed in America’s air war in Iraq and Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the total at 2,617 civilians killed in US-led strikes just in Syria. This included 615 children and 443 women. It also doesn’t include the much larger tolls believed to have been inflicted in Iraq.

The Pentagon has put the overall toll closer to 700 civilians killed across both countries, and they also reckon a large majority in Iraq. Within Syria, the largest number of civilians were killed in Raqqa, but it also includes civilians slain in Manbij, as well as elsewhere around the country.

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US, Somali Troops Execute 10 Civilians, Including Children, in Village Raid

US, Somali Troops Execute 10 Civilians, Including Children, in Village Raid:

US and Somali troops attacked the farming village of Barire early Friday morning, capturing a group of ten civilians and summarily executing them one at a time. Locals brought the bodies, including three children, to the capital of Mogadishu to protest the incident.

H/t reader kevin a.

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At Least 28 Civilians Killed From US Airstrikes in Northern Syria

At Least 28 Civilians Killed From US Airstrikes in Northern Syria:

(ANTIWARAccording to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, US airstrikes against al-Ghandour in northern Syria have killed at least 28 civilians, including seven children. The town is near the city of Manbij, which has been a major target of US strikes over the past two months.

This attack is in addition to the other US attacks in and around Manbij in recent weeks, including one Tuesday of last week which was estimated to have killed around 200 civilians. Overall, the US strikes have killed well over 300 civilians since the offensive began in May.

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Tax Dollars at Work: US “Accidentally” Killing Entire Families in Northern Syria

Tax Dollars at Work: US “Accidentally” Killing Entire Families in Northern Syria:

The US-backed offensive in and around Manbij has been going on for two months, with only a part of the city and surrounding area ever captured. The failing offensive on the ground is being overshadowed however, by the US air campaign.

That’s because US airstrikes in and around Manbij have been killing a lot of civilians, and a Tuesday morning salvo against some nearby villages was the worst of all, killing entire families that the US said they “mistook for ISIS fighters.” 56 were reported killed at the time, but ensuing reports suggest that as many as 212 may have died.

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In Transparent Act, Obama Administration Erases Civilian Deaths From Drone Strikes

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In Transparent Act, Obama Administration Erases Civilian Deaths From Drone Strikes:

 Source: Shadowproof

President Barack Obama’s administration claims 64 to 116 “non-combatants” have been killed by CIA or United States military drone strikes. The number is preposterously low, and the best evidence yet of how the government propagandizes the public into believing drones are “precise” and rarely kill anyone but targeted “terrorists.”

The casualty counts, along with an executive order on “pre- and post-strike policies,” were released right before Fourth of July weekend, a clear act aimed at ensuring the least amount of attention was given to the administration’s latest effort to conceal the truth of who is killed by targeted assassinations.

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NATO Helped Pentagon Lie for Special Ops After They Killed Pregnant Women

NATO Helped Pentagon Lie for Special Ops After They Killed Pregnant Women:

On February 12, 2010, U.S. troops conducted a night raid on a compound in Afghanistan’s Paktia province against suspected Taliban insurgents, killing seven civilians — including two pregnant women. They then not only attempted to cover it up, but concocted a horrific story to feed mainstream media in an apparent attempt to avoid being held accountable.

“It has the earmarks of a traditional honor killing,” an unidentified “senior U.S. military official” told CNN shortly afterward, claiming special operations forces discovered three women “hidden in an adjacent room” of the building, bound, gagged, and shot to death, as they were securing the compound after killing the insurgents. NATO also claimed in a press release at the time that international forces had made the “gruesome discovery.”

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US Airstrikes Kill 38 Civilians Over 48 Hours

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US Airstrikes Kill 38 Civilians Over 48 Hours:

As reported Tuesday, an early morning US airstrike against the city of Shadadi killed 15 civilians outside a bakery. This incident was the start of a flurry of US airstrikes in Syria’s northeast which, over the past 48 hours, have left at least 38 civilians dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Three villages near Shadadi were targeted early Thursday morning, killing another 15 civilians, including three children, while eight more civilians were killed in airstrikes elsewhere around the region. A separate strike in the town of al-Houl did manage to kill 35 ISIS fighters, however.

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Two U.S. Military Servicemen Claim the Doctors Without Borders Hospital Was Intentionally Targeted

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Two U.S. Military Servicemen Claim the Doctors Without Borders Hospital Was Intentionally Targeted:

Over the last month or so, there’s been a bit of a flurry of U.S. military members with conscience coming forward to tell the truth about incidents or practices they deem unethical.

For example, just last month, four former drone operators came forward to denounce the program publicly, coupled with a letter addressed to President Obama. As noted in the post, Drone Whistleblower Claim – Pilots Often High on Drugs; Refer to Children as “Fun Size Terrorists”:

Read moreTwo U.S. Military Servicemen Claim the Doctors Without Borders Hospital Was Intentionally Targeted

Israeli Soldiers Were Ordered To ‘Fire At Every Person You See’ During Gaza War

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Israeli soldiers ‘deliberately fired’ at civilians during Gaza war – NGO (RT, May 4, 2015):

Israeli soldiers were ordered to ‘fire at every person you see’ during the Gaza war, while civilian areas were deliberately targeted with inaccurate weapons, a report by the Israeli group Breaking the Silence NGO asserts.

Breaking the Silence, an NGO run by former Israeli soldiers, spent eight months after Operation Protective Edge ended interviewing more than 60 Israeli servicemen from the army, navy and air force up to the rank of major. The result is 237-page report.

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President Obama To Explain How A CIA Drone Strike Killed US/EU Hostages In January – Live Feed

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President Obama To Explain How A CIA Drone Strike Killed US/EU Hostages In January – Live Feed (ZeroHedge, April 23, 2015):

A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, senior Obama administration officials said. As WSJ reports, the killing of American development expert Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto is the first known instance in which the U.S. has accidentally killed a hostage in a drone strike. We await President Obama’s ‘collateral damage’ explanation.

President Obama is due to speak at 10amET…

As The Wall Street Journal reports,

The mishap represents a major blow to the Central Intelligence Agency and its covert drone program in Pakistan, which President Barack Obama embraced and expanded after coming to office in 2009.

The incident also underscores the limits of U.S. intelligence and the risk of unintended consequences in executing a targeted killing program which, according to human rights groups, endangers civilians. U.S. officials say the strikes are needed to combat al Qaeda. To mitigate the risks, officials say the CIA won’t launch missiles at a suspected target if they know civilians are present.

Read morePresident Obama To Explain How A CIA Drone Strike Killed US/EU Hostages In January – Live Feed

Israeli Tank Strikes On Gaza Hospital Kill 4, Scores Injured – Medics

Israeli tank strikes on Gaza hospital kill 4, scores injured – medics (RT, July 21, 2014):

Four Palestinian’s have been killed and dozens wounded after an Israeli tank shell hit the third floor of Al-Aqsa hospital in central Gaza, according to a Health Ministry spokesman.

Ashraf Al-Qidra said that the third floor housed an intensive care unit and operating theaters. Other shells had fallen around the hospital, he added, with officials calling on the Red Cross to help evacuate patients.

A doctor at the hospital, Fayez Zidane, told the station that shells hit the third and fourth floor as well as the reception area.

“There is still shelling against the hospital,” he said speaking to AP. He said he found bits of a rocket, presumably from one of the projectiles.

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Reporter Exposing Israeli War Crimes In Gaza Gets Pulled From NBC News (Video) – A Zionist General’s Son Shatters The Myths (Video)

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NBC Pulls Veteran Reporter After Witness To Gaza Kids Murder


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Reporter Exposing War Crimes Gets Pulled From NBC News (Veterans Today, July 19, 2014):

NBC is facing questions over its decision to pull veteran news correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza just after he personally witnessed the Israeli military’s killing of four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach. Mohyeldin was kicking a soccer ball around with the boys just minutes before they died.

He is a longtime reporter in the region. In his coverage, he reports on the Gaza conflict in the context of the Israeli occupation, sparking criticism from some supporters of the Israeli offensive.

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