Riyadh warns against voting for Yemen tribunal

SHAFAQNA – Saudi Arabia has reportedly threatened economic measures against countries that vote for a United Nations resolution setting up an international probe into Saudi crimes in Yemen. A letter circulated by Riyadh warns that adopting the Dutch-Canadian draft resolution in the U-N Human Rights Council could impact the political and economic relations with the kingdom. It also urges more support for the Yemeni domestic probe, which the U-N says lacks credibility. The Geneva director for Human Rights Watch denounced the threat as disgraceful and outrageous. Nearly 13 thousand Yemenis have been killed in over two years of Saudi airstrikes on Yemen. Saudi warplanes mainly target residential areas, civilian gatherings, markets, hospitals and schools. Saudi war and its blockade against its neighbor have lead to the suffering of 17 million Yemenis who lack food and medicine.

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