On Monday, a coalition airstrike allegedly struck a camp for displaced Yemenis. Human Rights Watch said the attack “heightened concerns” that Saudi Arabia and its partners were not sufficiently protecting civilians.“The policy needs to come from the top – from Saudi political and military leadership – that protecting civilians is a priority. That then stretches down the chain of command,” said Sahr Muhammedally, a Middle East expert at the Center for Civilians in Conflict. “These countries may well be well-equipped but they may not have the best guidance and training on protecting civilians.” The United States is providing logistical support to the bombing campaign, and should use this position to push Saudi Arabia to respect IHL, Muhammedally added.
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