Target: Saudi Arabia Minister of the Interior: Crown Prince Mohammad bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Goal: Investigate the death of civilians in Yemeni village by Saudi attack helicopters.
Attack helicopters that were flying from Saudi Arabia killed thirty civilians in a village in Yemen. Residents and medical practitioners corroborate this story but Saudi authorities vehemently deny the accounts, saying that the reports are “totally false,” according to the New York Times. The helicopters fired rockets towards Bani Zela, a village that is only seven miles from the Saudi Arabia border. Of those who were killed, many were children. The death toll is expected to rise.
Perhaps what is even more disturbing is that the helicopters returned for another strike when people were trying to evacuate. In this second air strike, three medics and an additional two civilians were killed. According to a civilian, the responsible party “committed a murder for no reason.” The death toll is now at 28 and 17 other people have been injured. Saudi officials continue to deny any role in the massacre, claiming that no coalition helicopters were in operation that far from the border.
The Yemeni people deserve justice. The Saudi-led campaign has resulted in multiple killings of innocent Yemeni people in the last six months. Just in August, 36 people were killed at a water bottling plant. The friends and families of those who were killed will have no closure until those responsible for the many killed and injured are brought to trial. A full investigation needs to be launched to find those who are responsible. Sign this petition to ensure that Saudi Arabian officials do so.
Dear Prince Mohammad bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud,
Attack helicopters flying from Saudi Arabia on September 27 killed almost 30 Yemeni civilians and the death toll is expected to rise. Men, women, children, and medics were killed. While Saudi officials report that claims the helicopters were flying out of Saudi Arabia, and every party is innocent until proven guilty, it is necessary that a full investigation is launched so that justice is served.
The victims families and friends deserve to see that someone is held accountable for upwards of thirty innocent civilians’ deaths. As much as this incident is tragic, it would be even more horrific for the responsible party or parties to continue to go unpunished. This is why it is so important for Saudi Arabian officials, authorities, and government leaders to cooperate with the government of Yemen so that they achieve peace and dignity. No nation and no village should be subjected to what the village of Bani Zela has had to burden. If the Saudi Arabian government can cooperate with any and all investigations, the Yemeni people can find peace that much sooner.
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