Human Rights Watch said on Thursday the Houthi group endangered the Blind Care Center in Yemen's capital city of Sanaa which was struck by the Saudi-led coalition ten days ago.
“The Houthis based armed men near a school for blind students, showing obvious disregard for the lives of some of the most at-risk civilians,” said Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights director at Human Rights Watch. “Had the bomb exploded, the coalition airstrike might have been even more tragic.”
Four civilians were injured in the bomb dropped by the coalition which did not explode but destroyed the only facility which rehabilitated the blind in Sanaa, HRW said in a press release.
Most of Yemen's infrastructure has been damaged and destroyed in the Saudi-led airstrikes that started in March. The ground fighting between the government and Houthi forces damaged and destroyed facilities.
Moreover, airstrikes have been responsible for most of around 3.000 civilian casualties since the conflict in March, according to recent UN statement.
All parties to the conflict in Yemen are being accused of violations of the international war and humanitarian laws such as indiscriminate attacks targeting civilians, blockades, use of landmines and use of civilian infrastructure for military purposes.
Organisations have called for investigations into possible war crimes in the country as HRW criticised the failure of the coalition to achieve this.