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    Saudi Arabia's UN Envoy Denies Coalition Uses Cluster Bombs in Yemen

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    A Saudi-led coalition does not use cluster bombs in its airstrikes in Yemen, Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the United Nations Abdallah Mouallimi said Friday.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The UN representative also denied that the Saudi-led coalition had deliberately targeted civilian facilities, such as hospitals and schools.

    "We do not use cluster bombs in Yemen," Mouallimi told reporters.

    According to Mouallimi, any objects used by the Houthis and forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh are legitimate military targets.

    Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government and Houthi rebels for over a year. Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against Houthi positions at the request of Yemen's President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

    Since the coalition launched its campaign, several rights groups have documented its use of banned cluster munition in several airstrikes, claiming that the coalition has used cluster munitions in Yemen’s civilian-populated areas, wounding and killing civilians.


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