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Incident on 15 April 2015 [+] Print this page

Location: Al Hamdan Petroleum Station in Al Mazroua area, Sa'dah Governorate [+]

Country: Yemen [+]

Violation types: Aerial attack may tantamount to war crimes in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law [+]


This incident took place in Al Hamdan Petroleum Station in Al Mazroua area, Sa'dah Governorate, Yemen [+]


According to Mwatana for Human Rights: "Despite the statements issued by the Spokesman of the Arab Allied Forces –Brigadier General Ahmed Aseeri- that all precautionary measures were taken to avoid civilian casualties and to ensure the safety and security of all Yemenis, a sizable number of the coalition’ aerial attacks did target civilian areas and resulted in killing and injury of civilian, damage of homes, civil institutions and infrastructures. These violations may tantamount to war crimes in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law. [...] On 15 April 2015, the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces killed at least two civilians and wounded at least six others, most of them farmers, when they fired a bomb at seven in the morning at Al Hamdan Petroleum Station in Al Mazroua area, 16 kilometers northeast of the capital of Sada’a on the only asphalt road linking Sada’a city and Alb land port. The air strike destroyed Al-Hamdan station and the adjacent shops and cars parked nearby. The air strikes have targeted most of the petrol stations around Sada’a city over three consecutive days. Some stations that are no longer used were the only ones spared. Amer Ahmed Rashid (28 years old), a farmer, said that the coalition planes were flying almost continuously a few days before the incident. He described the day of the incident as “an ominous day” explaining that he was at his home, about 600-700 meters from the station in an elevated area which enabled him to see the station clearly, when the fighter jets bombed it. Amer added speaking to Mwatana: “when the station was bombed, fragments were blown everywhere in the area. The fragments even reached a farm in front of our house. Some of the fragments reached to a fuel station that is no longer used on the opposite side of Al-Hamdan station, causing emission of fumes. I thought that the air strike hit that place. When I passed by our workshop which is about 500 meters from the targeted station, I saw people rescuing victims from the vicinity of the station. Among the victims were Al-Jarwan, two brothers, one died and the other was wounded. They were good people and did not belong to the Houthi group and did not even come near them. There were other victims, all of whom are farmers.” Hassan Ali Al-Saifee (25 years old), a mechanic, and was involved in the rescue of the victims, also spoke to Mwatana saying that the bomb fragments also hit a car which was loaded with cucumber and was parked on the asphalt road near the station. Al-Saifee further added that the fragments and shrapnel amputated the leg of the driver of the car and hit him in the back. The fragments and shrapnel also injured other passengers inside the car in different parts of their bodies. Al-Saifee added: “all those who were inside the car are farmers. Their injuries were more serious than that of the driver. After the driver was unable to drive the car, one of the passengers drove it. He was able to drive up to 500 meters away from the scene until they reached near our workshop, where I work. Then we rushed them to Al-Salam hospital. One of them died before we arrived to the hospital because of bleeding resulting from a cut to an artery in the leg.” Obadi Ali Al-Sadiq, 33 years old, a transport truck driver, said that he heard the explosion when he was at his home, which is one kilometer away from the station. He went up to the roof only to see that the planes had bombed Al Hamdan station. He rushed to the scene and found the victims, as he put it, scattered on the ground. Sadiq added: “Mohammed Mazroua, one of the wounded, flew (the explosion threw him) to under the water tank at the station. He suffered serious injuries and burns in the left half of his face, neck and chest. A hole in the water tank is what saved him from the fire. Ibrahim Jarwan (32 years old) was killed when he was thrown by the explosion 20 meters away and hit a metal container. His brother, Hamid Jarwan (35 years old), suffered serious injuries in different parts of his body while he was eating breakfast. Mohammed Hattab, (34 years old), was killed because of the severity of the bleeding, which was caused by bomb shrapnel that hit him while he was passing by in his car in front of the station. His cousins also were wounded. Muhammad Arif was wounded while he was close to the station to fill his car tank with petrol. There are many others who were wounded whom I don’t know.”" [+]

Perpetrator units

Name Other Names Classification
Operation Decisive Storm [+] Firmness Storm
Operation Storm of Resolve
Resolve Storm
operation Asifat al-Hazm
Air Force [+]
Army [+]
Joint Operation [+]
Military [+]
Navy [+]


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