“Am I gonna die or not?” asks a Yemeni boy in Dhahian after surviving a brutal airstrike by the Saudi coalition.

This tactic used by the Saudi coalition, United States drone operators, and famously depicted in the video that Chelsea Manning leaked is yet another nick on the ethical records of those who perpetrate such acts. Essentially, it is where an airstrike is launched and then the craft circles back around to strike first responders. In the overwhelming majority of these cases these responders are non-combatants and are therefore not permitted to be engaged as outlined in international law.

Of the 21 that were killed, most of them were in fact rescuers. As flagrant violations of human rights hopefully these strikes do not continue with such merciless brutality and blatant disregard for international law.

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Brad Blankenship is an American student of philosophy and political science as well as the director of Al-Masdar's podcast.

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