UN experts say Yemen opponents may have committed war crimes

UNITED NATIONS (AP) " U.N. experts say the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and Houthi Shiite rebels may have committed war crimes in the conflict that is wracking the Middle East's poorest nation with no end in sight.

In a report to the U.N. Security Council obtained Monday by The Associated Press, the expert panel said that after nearly two years of conflict Yemen is "in danger of fracturing beyond the point of no return."

The panel examined 10 airstrikes and said it is "almost certain" the coalition violated international humanitarian law requirements on proportionality and precautions, and that some attacks "may amount to war crimes."

It also found that some attacks by Houthi forces and their allies on markets, a hospital and residential building "may also amount to war crimes" for the same reasons.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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