British-made cluster bomb found in Yemeni village targeted by Saudi-led coalition (The Independent)
A British-manufactured cluster bomb has been found in a Yemeni village, all but confirming the banned weapons are being used by Saudi-led coalition forces in theYemeni civil war. The BL-755 cluster bomb is designed to be dropped by UK-manufacturedTornado jets used by the Saudi Arabian Air Force, though the highly controversial weapons werebanned in conflict decades ago. Amnesty International discovered the unexploded munition during an inspection of a village in northern Yemen. The weapon, originally manufactured in the 1970s by a Bedfordshire company called Hunting Engineering, contains 147 ‘bomblets’ which scatter across a wide area, but often do not detonate until they are disturbed at later date, often by unsuspecting civilians picking them up. One man, who herds goats in a village in Hajjah governorate approximately six miles from the Saudi Arabia border, told Amnesty: “In the area next to us, there are bombs hanging off the
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An earthquake hit a number of the Yemeni governorates on Tuesday as residents of Sana’a, Ibb, Taiz, Al-Bayda, Aden, Abyan Shabwah and al-Dale’a could feel a tremor. The epicentre of the 4.8 MD earthquake is reported to be in Abyan. A few houses were damaged in Ibb, al-Bayda’a, and Yafi’e. In Shabwa, three houses got demolished and the tenants were killed.
However: Yemen’s National Centre for Seismology, based in Dhamar, is no longer operational as the Saudi-led coalition pounded it last year.