Human Rights in Yemen During and After the 1994 War

During 70 days of conventional warfare between government forces and the separatist southern army, the government army won a military victory over the rebels. This report highlights our concerns regarding both sides as they resorted to unlawful tactics during the conflict. In particular government forces killed and injured hundreds of civilians by indiscriminately shelling the city of Aden, the attackers deliberately damaged a water pumping station, cutting off Aden’s water supply on June 28 and leaving the city and its suburbs almost entirely without water for weeks. The separatist forces injured and killed civilians by aiming Scud rockets at northern cities, and by indiscriminately attacking government military positions in the immediate vicinity of a Somali refugee camp, injuring and killing scores of refugees.

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