Saudi Arabia ‘threatens countries’ that back UN investigation into Yemen massacre.

Saudi Arabia has threatened economic retaliation against countries that back a UN resolution setting up an international probe into war violations in Yemen.

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A letter viewed by the news agency on Tuesday comes as UN members consider a Dutch/Canadian draft, which calls for an investigation – known as a Commission of Inquiry – into war deaths in the Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab military coalition backing the Yemeni government against rebels, but airstrikes have led to many civilian deaths.

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Riyadh is highly sensitive of criticism about the way it handles the war.

“Adopting The Netherlands/Canadian draft resolution in the Human Rights Council may negatively affect the bilateral political economic relations with Saudi Arabia”, a letter circulated by the kingdom said.

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Saudi Arabia “will not accept” the Dutch/Canadian draft, it added, and called for more support to the Yemeni domestic probe, which the UN says lacks credibility.

The Geneva director for Human Rights Watch, who has also seen the document sent to multiple countries, described the threat as “disgraceful”.

“The (Arab) coalition forces have bombed hospitals, they have bombed market places, homes, funeral parlours and it is time for the international community to say enough is enough.”

A Saudi-led coalition entered the Yemen war against Houthi rebels in March 2015.

Thousands people have been killed in Yemen’s war, the vast majority are believed to be civilians.


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