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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime Waging US, Zionist Aggression against Yemen



Ansarullah: Saudi Waging US, Israel Aggression against Yemen
Ansarullah: Saudi Waging US, Zionist Aggression against Yemen
The leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, says Saudi Arabia is carrying out the deadly aggression against Yemen on behalf of the US and Israel.

Houthi delivered a speech to the Yemeni nation on the occasion of Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam, on Saturday.

The United States has called for the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi aggression against Yemen, Houthi stated, adding that the Yemeni nation can eventually defeat the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi aggressors and their mercenaries in the war the regime in Riyadh has waged on the impoverished country.

The mercenaries are being bought into the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi war on Yemen, the Ansarullah leader said.

Houthi also touched upon the issue of resistance in the occupied Palestinian territories against the Nazi Jewish regime.

We, the Yemeni people, stand with the Palestinians in face of the Nazi occupation, Houthi said.

The Saudi Zio-Wahhabi military has been engaged in air strikes against Yemen since late March. The aim, as Riyadh has claimed, is to undermine the Houthi movement and restore power to the fugitive C.I.A puppet, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Saudis Zio-Wahhabi are violating international law with the backing of Washington and Tel Aviv, killing women and children of Yemen, Houthi said.

The main objective of the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi aggression, the Houthi leader said, is to occupy Yemen and subjugate the Yemeni nation. However, he added, the aggressors are not aware of the extent of resistance on the part of Yemenis.

Nobody can humiliate or subjugate the Yemeni people, the Ansarullah leader stated; Press TV reported.


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Zionist Sisi Sends 800 Ground Troops to Engage in Saudi Zio-Wahhabi US War on Yemen

Egypt armyAs many as 800 Egyptian soldiers arrived in Yemen late on Tuesday, Egyptian security sources said, swelling the ranks of a Gulf Arab military contingent launching a wide war on the country, Reuters news agency reported.It was the second reported deployment of ground troops there by Egypt. The first was in 1962 when Cairo dispatched 70 thousand, while only half of them returned home in 1967, as the rest were killed by the Yemeni resistance fighters.Egyptian security sources stated that four Egyptian units of between 150 to 200 troops along with tanks and transport vehicles arrived in Yemen late on Tuesday.

“We have sent these forces as part of Egypt’s prominent role in this alliance … the alliance fights for the sake of our brotherly Arab states, and the death of any Egyptian soldier would be an honor and considered martyrdom for the sake of innocent people,” a senior Zionist Sisi  military source said.

Worthy to note that Yemen is a member-state of the Arab League that combines all Arab states under one umbrella.

Yemeni officials put the number of foreign troops from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar at least around 2,000, while Qatari-owned Al Jazeera TV said at least 10,000 foreign soldiers had arrived, including 1,000 from the UAE.

Brigadier General Zio-Wahhabi Ahmed al-Asseri, a spokesman for the Zionist coalition, told Reuters its forces were focusing on overcoming the Yemeni resistance in central and southern provinces, pounding their positions from the air across the country before beginning any thrust towards Sanaa.

Residents reported heavy air raids on military bases throughout Sanaa on Wednesday, the latest in a series of daily assaults which fishermen said killed 20 Indian nationals off a Red Sea port on Tuesday. At least 15 other civilians were killed throughout the country on Tuesday, medics said.

The alliance has increased air strikes on Sanaa and other parts of Yemen since Friday, when a Houthi missile attack killed 300 coalition troops at a military camp in central Marib province.

I$raHell and Saudi Zio-Wahhabi has been striking Yemen for more than five months (168 days) now to restore power to fugitive C.I.A puppet Abed-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led aggression has so far killed at least 5,788 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi fighter jets target north Yemen with cluster bombs


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Press TV – October 18, 2015Yemeni media have released a video showing the northern province of Sa’ada being targeted with banned cluster bombs by Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime war planes.

The footage on Sunday showed Saudi Zio-Wahhabi fighter jets bombing the residential area of Maran village in Sa’ada Province with cluster bombs, al-Yemen al-Youm television network reported.

Tens of civilians were reportedly killed in the attack and several houses were destroyed.

Meanwhile, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi bombs also hit a number of locations in Sanhan district in the capital city of Sana’a.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi war planes also attacked the security forces headquarters in Haraz district in the northern Hajjah Province.

Reports also indicate that a number of Yemeni civilians were killed in Saudi Zio-Wahhabi bombings in al-Hazm district of the northern al-Jawf Province. …

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Ansarullah Leader: Yemen Defends its Dignity and Independence

(FILE) Ansarullah Leader: Yemen Defends its Dignity and Independence
(FILE) Ansarullah Leader: Yemen Defends its Dignity and Independence
The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik al-Houthi during a television broadcast on Tuesday announced that in the face of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime relentless attacks his countrymen will defend their land and will not sacrifice their “dignity” and “independence.”
""Today there is an invasion and attempts to occupy this country, and it is of  importance that the Yemeni  people are  aware of  this truth that there  are  those  who wish to  control this country,"  said Abdul-Malik al-Houthi during a television broadcast on Tuesday."

He  said that Washington and Riyadh are responsible for the suffering of the people in the region, and that the Zionist regime and Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime were “a shared entity in a single project.”

Referring to the Zio-Wahhabi war on Yemen, he noted that “everyone must move to the front lines.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi army carried out over 100 airstrikes throughout the north western Sa’ada province. In one of the raids, a woman and child lost their lives.

At least five people were killed and several more injured when jets targeted regions around the capital Sana’a. Several residential areas were also bombed in the western province of Hudaydah.

Yemen has been under military strikes on a daily basis since Saudi Zio-Wahhabi forces launched their military aggression against the country on March 26.

About 6,400 people have reportedly lost their lives in the I$raHell, Zio-Wahhabi air strikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured since March. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, over 500 children have been among the fatalities.


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Yemeni Troops Drown Second Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Warship

Yemeni Troops Drown Second Saudi Warship
Yemeni Troops Drown Second Saudi Warship
Yemen’s army, backed by allied popular committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, has destroyed a second Saudi Zio-Wahhabi warship in a missile attack in the south east of the impoverished Arab country.

The Saudi Zio-Wahhabi warship was targeted and destroyed on Saturday in the south western coast of Yemen, in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

The Bab-el-Mandeb Strait is considered strategically important as it separates the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa.

On October 7, the Yemeni forces managed to destroy another Saudi Zio-Wahhabi vessel in the area with reports saying that the sunken ship had repeatedly fired rockets on residential areas in the south western province of Ta’izz.

Also on Saturday, tens of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi soldiers were killed and several Saudi Zio-Wahhabi military vehicles were destroyed in retaliatory attacks by Yemeni forces in the province of Ma’rib; Press TV reported.

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Iran’s Deputy FM Slams Zio-Wahhabi regime Attacks on Yemeni Hospitals, Schools

Iran’s Deputy FM Slams Saudi Attacks on Yemeni Hospitals, Schools
Iran’s Deputy FM Slams Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime Attacks on Yemeni Hospitals, Schools
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian deplored the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi attacks on residential areas, schools and hospitals in Yemen as a “blatant” violation of international law.

Speaking in a meeting with a senior delegation from the high council of Yemen’s revolution, Amir Abdollahian highlighted international organizations’ duty to immediately help stop the foreign attacks on Yemeni civilians.

“Attacking residential areas, schools and hospitals is a blatant violation of human rights and regulations,” he said, adding that the United Nations should take necessary measures to protect the safety and security of Yemeni civilians, especially women and children.

The Iranian diplomat went on to say that the UN is required to make every effort to lift the blockade imposed by the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition on the Arabian Peninsula nation.

Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for months.

On March 26, I$raHell, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime and some of its C.I.A puppet Arab allies began to launch deadly air strikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive C.I.A puppet  Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of the Saud Zionist family.

More than 4000 people, many of them children and women, have been killed in the aggression against the Arab country so far.

The Saudi-led aerial strikes have targeted 61 hospitals and 13 ambulances.


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UN Demands Probe into Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Raid on Yemeni Wedding

UN Demands Probe into Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Raid on Yemeni Wedding
A senior aid official with the United Nations (UN) has called for a swift investigation into a recent Saudi Zio-Wahhabi air strike on the location of a wedding ceremony in Yemen’s south western Dhamar region.

Stephen O’Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, demanded an impartial probe into the deadly aerial raid in a strongly-worded statement on Thursday.

“I call for a swift, transparent and impartial investigation into this incident,” the statement read, adding, “With modern weapons technology, there is little excuse for error.”

The UN official said he was “deeply disturbed” by the news that dozens of civilians, among them many women and children, had been killed in the Wednesday evening bombing.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi fighter jets targeted the location of the wedding ceremony on Wednesday in Dhamar, situated about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a, killing at least 51 civilians there.

It was the second air raid to target wedding parties in Yemen recently.

‘More Deaths Caused than in any Other Country’

In late September, at least 135 civilians lost their lives and many more sustained injuries after Saudi Zio-Wahhabi warplanes hit the location of a wedding celebration in the port city of Mokha, located in Yemen’s south western province of Ta’izz.

Elsewhere in his remarks, O’Brien said 4,500 civilians had been killed or injured since Saudi Zio-Wahhabi launched air strikes against Yemen in March. “That is more than in any country or crisis in the world during the same period.”

The UN official also stressed that all sides involved in the conflict have a responsibility under international law to avoid damage to residential areas and civilian structures.

“Real accountability for parties to conflict, whether they are states or non-state groups, is urgently needed, to ensure that the commitment under international law to protect civilians is meaningful,” he said.

A Resolution Withdrawn

A resolution calling for a UN investigation into rights violations committed during the ongoing Saudi Zio-Wahhabi aggression against Yemen was withdrawn last week at the UN rights council due to protests from Saudi Arabia.

Yemen has been under military strikes on a daily basis since Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime launched their military aggression against their southern neighbor on March 26, in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the fugitive C.I.A puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of  Zio-Wahhabi family.


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The Yemen Catastrophe: Beset by Contradictions of Will and Intellect


by Dr:  Richard Falk

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[Prefatory Note: This post modifies an article published in Middle East Eye on September 21, 2015, with title, “Yemen pays the price for Saudis’ sectarian paranoia.” Whether the Saudis are beingparanoid about political developments in their neighbors (Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen) or prudent in view of regional threats to the stability of the Kingdom is difficult to ascertain. However this issue is resolved, portraying what has gone wrong as a consequence of sectarianism or an expansionist Iran, evades the real challenges being posed in Yemen, in Syria, and elsewhere in the region. Only in Iraq, where American occupation policy injected

a self-defeating sectarianism as the centerpiece of its post-Saddam Hussein state-building project, does this optic misused when applied to Middle East conflict seem to explain the course of developments, including the alignment of Iraq’s current leaders with Iran rather than with their supposed liberators from the West!]


Yemen Catastrophe: Beset by Contradictions of Will and Intellect

Any attempt to provide a coherent account of the political strife afflicting Yemen is bound to fail. The country is crucible of contradictions that defy normal categories of rational analysis. If we look beyond the political fog that envelops the conflict the tragic circumstances of acute suffering imposed on the civilian population do emerge with stark clarity. Long before the outbreak of civil warfare, Yemen was known to be the poorest country in the region, faced with looming food and water scarcities. The UN estimates 80% of the population is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, 40% live on less than $2 per day. Further there are high risks of mass famine and epidemic outbreaks of disease will occur, while continuing chaos is a near certainty, with the prospect of yet another wave of desperate migrants swept ashore in Europe.

Against this background, the UN Security Council seems shockingly supportive of a major Saudi military intervention via sustained air attacks that started in March 2015, severely aggravating the overall situation by unanimously adopting a one-sided anti-Houthi Resolution 2216. This Saudi use of force is contrary to international law, violates the core principle of the UN Charter, and magnifies the violent disruption of Yemeni society. The success of the Houthi insurgency from the north that swept the Yemeni leadership from power, taking over the capital city of Sanaa, was perversely treated by the Security Council as a military coup somehow justifying the intervention by a Saudi led coalition of Gulf countries pledged to restore the ‘legitimate’ government to power. To grasp the geopolitics at play it is clarifying to recall that the 2013 blatant military coup in Egypt, with much bloodier reprisals against the displaced elected rulers, aroused not a murmur of protest in the halls of the UN. Once more the primacy of geopolitics is showcased in the Middle East. It’s not what you do, but who does it, that matters when it comes to a UN response.

What makes it even more difficult to make sense of developments in Yemen is the geopolitical tendency, as abetted by the media, to reduce incredibly complex national histories and the interplay of multiple contending forces to a simplistic story of Sunni versus Shia rivalry for the control of the country. Such a prism of interpretation, above all, allows Saudi Arabia to portray once again the strife in Yemen as another theater of the wider region proxy war pitting Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies against Iran, which is a guaranteed way of securing U.S. and Israeli backing. The same rationale has served the Kingdom well (and the world badly) in explaining why it supports anti-Assad forces in Syria during the last several years. It also was the pretext for intervening in Bahrain in 2011 to crush a popular pro-democracy uprising. If considered more objectively we begin to understand that this sectarian optic obscures more than it reveals, and not accidentally.

For instance, when it came to Egypt, however, the sectarian template was completely discarded, and the Saudis immediately used their financial muscle to help the anti-Muslim Brotherhood coup in 2012 led by General Sisi to consolidate its control over the country. Even when Israel attacked Gaza a year ago, seeking to destroy Hamas, a Sunni Islamic version of the Brotherhood, Saudi Arabia made no secret of the startling fact that it gave Tel Aviv a green light. What emerges, then, is not a regional politics based on sectarian priorities, but rather a pathological preoccupation with regime stability in the Saudi monarchy, with anxieties arising whenever political tendencies emerge in the region that elude its control, and are perceived as threatening. Part of the truer explanation of Saudi pattern of behavior also has to do with the Faustian Bargain struck with the powerful Wahabi establishment, which has allowed the Saud royal clan to flourish at home while spending billions to spread the most repressive version of Islam far and wide to madrassas throughout Asia. The fact that the application of Wahabism at home, including more than 100 beheadings already this year and confinement of women to an extent that makes the Islamic Republic of Iran appear liberal by comparison, is a further sign that international clamor of human rights is selective to put it mildly.

The people of Yemen are paying a huge price for this brand of Saudi violent security politics. Whether it is paranoia at work or a healthy respect for the mass unpopularity of its policies, or some mixture, is difficult to assess. Yet what seems clear is that much of the world is lulled to sleep, not taking the trouble to peer below this sectarian cover story. Only scant account taken of the fact that the real threats to regional order in Yemen do not come from a reasonable Houthi insistence on power-sharing political arrangements, but mainly arise from the presence in Yemen of Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS that have been long targeted by American drones as part of the war of the terror ever since 2007. So while the West supports the Saudi fight against the Shia Houthis at the same time it does its best to weaken their most formidable domestic opposition, and in the process further alienates the Yemeni civilian population by its military tactics, which recruits more extremists committed to fighting against this second form of external intervention that finds no basis in international law and enjoys the tacit support of the UN Security Council.

If this was not enough to make the Yemeni crystal ball opaque, there is the internal alignment of forces. On the one side, the 2012 successor regime to the corrupt dictatorial rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh that is headed by its equally corrupt former vice president, Abd Rabbaah Mansour Hadi, now apparently ‘governing’ from exile, although rumored to be seeking a return to Aden. On the anti-regime side, in addition to the Houthis, are the main military and police forces that still respond to the authority of the ousted leader, Saleh, who has returned to the Yemen struggle to oppose the Saudi intervention and have helped turn the tide of battle on the ground against the Hadi-led government. Despite this adverse battlefield reality, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Adel al-Jubeir, was quoted as saying “We will do whatever it takes to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling.” Tragically, what this seems to mean, is reducing the country to a shambles that brings starvation and disease to the population, and possibly escalating at some future point of frustration by the launch of a ground offensive. There are confirmed reports of a massing of Saudi troops close to the Yemen border.

At this point, it is difficult to know what would bring some kind of peace and stability to Yemen. What we do know is that both the sectarian optic, Saudi intervention, and American drone warfare are dead end options. The beginning of a constructive approach is to take root causes of the current conflict into account. Several need to be considered. There is a long experience of division in the country between the north and the south, and this means that any unity government for the whole of Yemen can only be sustained by an iron-fisted dictator like Saleh or through a genuine power-sharing federalist kind of arrangement based on decentralized autonomy and a weak central governmental structure. Beyond this, the country bears the scars of Ottoman rule intermixed with a British presence in Aden and the surrounding area, vital to earlier colonial priorities of controlling the Suez and the trade routes to the East.

Additionally, and often forgotten and ignored, Yemen remains a composite of tribes that still command the major loyalty of people and reign supreme in many locales. The modern European insistence on sovereign states in the Middle East never succeeded in overcoming the primacy of Yemeni tribal identities. Any possibility of political stability requires subsidizing and respecting Yemen’s tribes as Saudi Arabia did during Saleh’s dictatorship (1990-2012) or creating a multi-colored quilt of autonomous tribal polities. When the background of the north/south split and persisting tribalism are taken into account recourse to the Shia/Sunni divide or the Riyadh/Tehran rivalry as an explanation of Yemen’s strife-ridden country is more than a simplistic evasion of a far more complicated reality. It is a cruel and futile fantasy.

What should be done, given this overall situation? One potential key to achieving some kind of peace in Yemen is held by policymakers in Washington. So long as the U.S. Government remains beholden to the rulers in Saudi monarchy, to the extremists running Israel, and insistent on striking at AQAP targets with drone missiles, this key is unusable. This combination of factors is what makes the wider political turmoil in the Middle East stuck on a lethal fast moving treadmill. How to get off the treadmill, that is the question for which there answers, but as yet no relevant political will.

There are two obvious moves, neither ideal, but with the modest goal of a first step in creating a new political order: first, negotiate a ceasefire that includes an end to the Saudi intervention; secondly, establish a more credible revival of the National Dialogue Conference that two years ago made a failed attempt at Gulf initiative in Sanaa to find a power-sharing arrangement. It did not help matters then that two successive Houthi representatives at the diplomatic discussions were assassinated on their way to participate. What is needed is establishing a political transition sensitive both to the north/south split and the strength of Yemeni tribes coupled with massive economic assistance from outside, as well as the establishment of a UN peacekeeping presence tasked with implementation and the termination of all forms of external armed intervention. Nothing less has any chance of working.

Such a rational path is currently blocked, especially by the intense militancy of the aggressive Saudi leadership of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, and his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Secretary of Defense, the apparent champion of military intervention. The United States, with its special relationship to Israel, its strong ties to Saudi Arabia, and faith in drone led counterterrorism seems to be swallowing the central contradiction between opposing both its real adversaries, AQAP and ISIS, and its implicit ally, the Houthis. Instead of treating the enemy of their enemy as a friend, Washington has reversed the proverb. This Gordian Knot is strangling the people of Yemen. Cutting it will require a drastic break with current policy. The way forward is evident, but how to get there is not, in the meantime the bodies pile up in what has long been considered the poorest country in the region severely stressed by the prospect of severe water scarcities.

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Will Saudi Arabia Prevent the UN From Investigating Its War Atrocities in Yemen?

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As Saudi government launches diplomatic blitz against human rights probe, Obama administration remains silent

The Saudi Arabian government is unleashing a vigorous diplomatic campaign to block a United Nations proposal for a human rights investigation into the country’s six-month-old military assault on Yemen—waged with the backing of international powers including the United States.

President Barack Obama has so far remained silent on the resolution, which was submitted by the Netherlands Thursday and calls for the UN Human Rights Council to launch a probe into abuses committed by all parties.

The Dutch proposal requires the UN High Commissioner to “dispatch a mission, with assistance from relevant experts, to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Yemen.” In addition, the resolution calls for players to grant access to humanitarian aid, in a clear reference to the Saudi-led and U.S.-backed naval blockade that is choking off food and medical aid.

"The international community must seize this moment to establish a credible, international inquiry that offers hope for accountability and justice for victims of serious violations and abuses in Yemen," said James Lynch of Amnesty International. (Photo: Getty Images)“The international community must seize this moment to establish a credible, international inquiry that offers hope for accountability and justice for victims of serious violations and abuses in Yemen,” said James Lynch of Amnesty International. (Photo: Getty Images)

The proposal follows the call, earlier this month, by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein for an “international, independent, and impartial” investigation into human rights violations. Groups including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights, the Gulf Center for Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch have also urged the international community to end the “impunity that fuels humanitarian crisis” in Yemen.

“With no end to this deadly conflict in sight and a spiraling humanitarian crisis, civilian suffering is at an all-time high,” James Lynch, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Amnesty International, warned in a statement released Friday. “The international community must seize this moment to establish a credible, international inquiry that offers hope for accountability and justice for victims of serious violations and abuses in Yemen.”

However, the Saudi government and some of its key allies appear determined to prevent such a probe.

“Saudi diplomats have robustly lobbied Asian, African and European states through their capitals or missions in Geneva,” Nick Cumming-Bruce reports in the New York Times.

“Gulf countries Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have argued for shelving plans for an independent inquiry into rights abuses in Yemen,” writes Foreign Policyjournalist Colum Lynch, citing notes obtained from a September 17 intergovernmental meeting. “They maintained that a commission of inquiry established by the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi backed Hadi government should be given a chance to demonstrate whether it has the capacity to do the job.”

What’s more, Saudi Arabia submitted a competing resolution on Monday excluding any reference to an independent investigation and focusing solely on abuses committed by “Houthi militias against the government.”

Despite its role in the war, the U.S. has yet to weigh in on the debate.

“The United States, which has provided extensive support to the Saudi-led coalition, has been surprisingly discreet on whether a U.N. mission should be dispatched to investigate crimes in Yemen,” said Philippe Bolopion, the U.N. and crisis advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. “This stands in sharp contrast to U.S. support for international inquiries and missions in Syria, North Korea, Libya, Sri Lanka, and Eritrea.”

The Obama administration’s muteness is in keeping with its larger silence about the Saudi-led military campaign, which the U.S. is arming, politically backing, and directly participating in through logistics and intelligence support.

At least 2,100 civilians, including more than 400 children, have been killed—the vast majority by the Saudi alliance, which stands accused of war crimes. The coalition has also fired cluster bombs produced in the United States and launched deadly air strikes on humanitarian aid warehouses, internally displaced persons camps, factories, densely populated residential neighborhoods, schools, shelters, and water infrastructure.

The Saudi government’s efforts to prevent a probe come amid growing concern over the petro-monarchy’s recent appointment to head a UN human rights panel, a development that was welcomed by the U.S. State Department.

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State of Crisis: Explosive Weapons in Yemen


GR Editor’s Note

This report largely provides information pertaining to civilian casualties. It does not however address the underlying causes of the war, nor does it name the foreign powers which instigated the bombings.

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Yemen is the worst country for civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapon use in the first seven months of 2015, says a new publication produced by UK-based charity AOAV and UN OCHA.

In March 2015, a complex and long-running political crisis in Yemen rapidly escalated into all-out conflict. President Hadi fled the country after Houthi rebels took control of the capital city Sana’a, and on 26 March a coalition led by Saudi Arabia began an operation of air strikes in Yemen at the request of the Yemeni Government [in exile]. The fighting in the country since March has been characterised by the use of heavy explosive weapons in populated areas by all parties to the conflict, with civilians suffering from near-daily bombing and shelling in their towns and villages.

As of 10 September 2015, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) hadregistered 2,204 civilian deaths and 4,711 civilian injuries from all forms of armed violence in Yemen. Millions more have suffered from additional devastating consequences in the country, including poverty, malnutrition, insecurity, and limited access to health and sanitation.

Much of this chaos is due to the use of explosive weapons with widearea impacts in populated areas across the country.

In State of CrisisAOAV and OCHA investigate the humanitarian impacts of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas in Yemen during the conflict up to 31 July 2015.

Key findings

Between 1 January and 31 July 2015 AOAV recorded:

  • 124 incidents of explosive violence in Yemen resulting in 5,239 deaths and injuries;
  • 86% of those killed and injured were civilians (4,493);
  • More civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapons were recorded in Yemen during the first seven months of 2015 than in any other country in the world;
  • When explosive weapons were used in populated areas, civilians made up 95% of reported deaths and injuries;
  • 13 separate incidents in Yemen each killed and injured more than 100 civilians. Eight of these incidents were air strikes;
  • Air strikes have killed and injured the most civilians, with 2,682 civilian deaths and injuries (60%).

The impact of explosive weapons in Yemen goes far beyond the immediate deaths and injuries recorded by AOAV. The report uses testimonies and experiences of victims and witnesses to illustrate some of the long-term impacts that can cause extensive suffering far into the future, even after the fighting ends.

Robert Perkins, author of the report, says: “Our findings show Yemen is the worst country in the world this year for civilians affected by explosive violence, more devastating even than the crisis in Syria and Iraq. An already vulnerable population is now faced with a country reduced o rubble by falling bombs and rockets. Their homes destroyed, their families torn apart, it will take a many years to recover from the last few terrible months in Yemen. 

The crisis in Yemen shows exactly why explosive weapons with wide-area effects have no place being used in populated areas. All parties to this conflict must immediately stop the bombing of civilians and civilian areas.” 

To read the full report please click here.

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