국제앰네스티는 예멘에서 최소 17명의 사망자와 15명의 부상자를 낸 폭격을 강력히 규탄한다. 피해자들은 이슬람 시아파 축제를 위해 북부 알-자히르로 이동 중 이였다.
이번 사건의 배후가 누구인지는 아직 드러난 바는 없으나 지역 언론보도에 따르면 예맨 정부는 알카에다의 소행으로 초점을 맞추고 있다.
국제앰네스티 필립 루터(Philip Luther) 중동•북아프리카국 부국장은 “이번 사건의 배후는 이미 분쟁의 여지가 팽배하던 예맨 북부지역에 심각한 공격을 통해 분쟁을 일으키려 하는 것”이라며 “이런 식의 공격은 국제법상 명백한 불법이며 가장 기본적인 인권인 생명권에 대한 철저한 무시”라고 전했다.
언론보도에 따르면 피해자들의 대부분은 지역 지도자를 포함한 자이디 시’아(Shidi Shi’a) 마을 주민들로 파악된다.
YEMEN BOMB ATTACK TARGETS SHI’A COMMUNITY
24 November 2010Amnesty International has condemned a bomb attack in Yemen that reportedly killed at least 17 people and injured 15 as they travelled to celebrate a Shi’a festival in the northern town of al-Zahir.
It is unclear who carried out Wednesday’s attack. According to media reports, some Yemeni officials suspect al-Qa’ida carried out the bombing.
“Whoever carried out this bomb attack appears to have been aiming to inflame tensions in Yemen’s conflict-ridden northern regions by inflicting heavy casualties on Zaidi Shi’a festival-goers,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“Such attacks are absolutely prohibited under international law and show a complete disregard for the most fundamental human right, the right to life.”
The Zaidi Shi’a belong to a branch of Shi’a Islam that dominates the north of Yemen.
According to media reports, the victims were mainly members of the Zaidi Shi’a community, including a provincial tribal leader. Two of the dead were reported as being supporters of the Huthis, an armed Yemeni Zaidi Shi’a group.
Huthis, followers of Hussain Badr al-Din al-Huthi in the northern region of Sa’dah, began fighting the government in 2004 in what initially began as a protest at the US-led invasion of Iraq, but developed into an armed conflict, particularly after the killing of their leader by the government.
The Yemeni authorities agreed a ceasefire with the Huthis in February 2010. It has held since then despite intermittent reports of breaches.