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Houthis Stored Volatile Material in Residential Area

(Beirut) – A Houthi-controlled warehouse that stored volatile material near homes and schools caught fire and detonated in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on April 7, 2019, causing the deaths of at least 15 children, Human Rights Watch and Mwatana for Human…

Poor Record of Coalition and Houthi Indiscriminate Attacks and Aid Restrictions

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Imports sit destroyed in a damaged warehouse at the port in Hodeida city, Yemen. © November 2016 Kristine Beckerle / Human Rights Watch

2 Students, Administrator Killed; 3 Children Wounded

(Beirut) – A Saudi-led coalition airstrike near a school in northern Yemen on January 10, 2017, killed two students and a school administrator and wounded three children, Human Rights Watch said today. The unlawful attack reinforces the urgent need for an…
The informal gas station in Bani Mea’asar village after it was hit by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on January 10, 2017. The attack killed two students and a school administrator and wounded three children. Mwatana, a leading Yemeni human rights organiz
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Coalition Airstrike Shows Added Risks for People With Disabilities

(Beirut) – Yemen’s Houthis unlawfully placed a school for blind students in Sanaa at grave risk by basing militia forces in the facility’s compound. A Saudi Arabia-led coalition bomb that hit the compound on January 5, 2016, did not explode, but injured…
A corridor in the the al-Noor Center for the Blind sustained damage from a Saudi-coalition airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen on January 5, 2016. © 2016 Abdullah Qaid/Human Rights Watch

Need for Consistent, Impartial Reporting

All parties implicated in a new United Nations’ report about abuses of children during armed conflict should call an immediate halt to these crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. The UN secretary-general’s annual report on children in armed conflict was…

Yemen Country Profile

There was widespread destruction of schools in direct attacks, including air strikes, bombing, shelling and looting, as well as in general fighting and in clashes during protests. Schools and universities were used as barracks, bases and firing positions.…
The contrast was striking. Outside the laughter of boys playing echoed around the school courtyard while inside one classroom a nervous 14-year-old, Ashraf, described the day bullets and shells rained down on his school. "When they started shooting, the…

Military Use Risks Students Lives, Safety, Education

(New York) – The use of schools and other education institutions for military purposes by armed forces and non-state armed groups during wartime endangers students and their education around the world, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from…

Soldiers Vacated Schools They Occupied Following a Human Rights Watch Investigation

Imagine sending your children to a school occupied by soldiers. Imagine that the first person they saw at school was a man with a semi-automatic rifle, not their teacher. They would study near stored weapons, ammunition, and even detained prisoners. You…

 Classrooms in the Crosshairs
 Military Use of Schools in Yemen’s Capital
 Forces and Non-State Armed Groups
 Occupation of…

Armed Occupations in Capital During and After Uprising Harm Education

(Beirut) – Government forces and other armed groups deployed in schools in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, during the 2011-2012 uprising, putting students at risk and undermining education. The uprising ended the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.…