A child looks at damage from an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana’a, Yemen [Image: Xinhua/Barcroft].

Pressure is mounting on David Cameron to explain the role of British military personnel in the Saudi-led bombing campaign of Yemen after a UN panel ruled the operation contravened international humanitarian law.

Jeremy Corbyn and Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary, sent a joint letter to the prime minister on Wednesday asking for details about British involvement after a leaked copy of the panel’s report concluded there had been “widespread and systematic” attacks on the civilian population.

The 51-page report, sent to the UN security council last week … documented 119 sorties by the Saudi-led coalition that were linked to violations of international law.

It said that many of the attacks “involved multiple airstrikes on multiple civilian objects”. It added: “Of the 119 sorties, the panel identified 146 targeted objects. The panel also documented three alleged cases of civilians fleeing residential bombings and being chased and shot at by helicopters.”

The UK has been furtive about its role in the bombing campaign, with details trickling out only gradually. Earlier this month, the Saudis revealed that UK and US staff were in the command and control centre where the bombing operations are directed.

Source: Labour seeks details of UK role in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen | World news | The Guardian

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