Newsbrief: United Nations forms war crimes task force

by Mary Decker
edited by Trent Dunn

The United Nations (UN) has made an international team to examine the Yemen-Saudi Arabia war for war crimes, according to The New York Times.

(Photo: Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)

This decision was made after three weeks of deliberation, and was finalized on Friday, September 29.

This new group will be led by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.

This agreement is a compromise between the Netherlands-led alliance (who wanted a formal hearing) and the Saudi-led alliance (who wanted the UN to leave this examination to a Saudi-run humanitarian group). The team will have a year to research into the potential war crimes committed, and then will report back to al-Hussein.

The war between Saudi Arabia and Yemen started in 2012 and lasted for about two years. During this war, Saudi Arabia dropped bombs which led to the deaths of many Yemeni civilians.

Yemen has about seven million people who are starving. About one million people are predicted to have cholera due to the war.

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