Raids on factories aim to cause Yemen economy lasting damage: HRW

A worker inspects the damage at a Coca-Cola factory after it was reportedly destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in the capital Sanaa, in December 2015Human Rights Watch said on Monday that Saudi-led bombing raids against civilian factories in Yemen, which have killed scores, appear aimed at inflicting lasting economic damage to the war-ravaged country. The New York-based watchdog called for an independent international inquiry into the air strikes as it issued a 59-page report on its own investigations into what it called illegal attacks on civilian economic sites. The Saudi-led coalition launched a military campaign against Iran-backed Huthi rebels and their allies in March last year in support of the government of UN-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

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