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Yemen / Saudi update 10/9/2016.. Yemen Ex-President Urges Attack on Saudi Arabia after Deadly Airstrike

Sunday, October 9, 2016 21:23
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Yemenis protest Saudi Arabia’s Saturday carnage

Angry anti-Saudi protest in Sanaa after funeral carnage

Yemen Ex-President Urges Attack on Saudi Arabia after Deadly Airstrike

Yemen’s powerful former president Ali Abdullah Salih, a key ally of the country’s popular Ansarullah movement, called for an escalation of attacks against Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Salih spoke a day after a Saudi-led air attack on a funeral ceremony in a hall in Yemen’s capital Sana’a killed at least 213 people, according to local health officials cited by the United Nations, Zawya reported. “I call upon all the sons of this nation … to face this aggression with all their strength and you must proceed to the battlefronts,” Salih said in a televised speech. “The defence ministry, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the interior ministry must put in place the necessary measures for battle readiness at the fronts on the Saudi border.” The remarks by Salih came after Reports from Yemen’s capital said on Saturday that over 700 people were killed or wounded in massive air raids by the Saudi-led coalition warplanes.

The airstrikes targeted a hall where people were paying their last respects to the father of Yemen’s Interior Minister Jalal Al-Rouyshan who is also the chief of staff of former President Salih. A second strike hit exactly the same region as people rushed to aid those injured in the first round of air assault. Also, the Saudi warplanes staged massive airstrikes on a ceremony on the house of Sheikh Abu Shwareb, inflicting tens of casualties on the civilians who had gathered for a ceremony at his residence.

The airstrikes killed at least 213 people, and wounded 534. Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 11,300 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures. According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has drove the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster.

US to ‘immediately review’ support for Saudi-led coalition

Saudi War on Yemen: One Home and 213 Funerals

On Saturday, October 8, Saudi warplanes attacked a funeral home in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, killing at least 213 people and wounding 534 others. The attack targeted the funeral of the father of the Ansarullah Interior Minister Jalal al-Rowaishan. It is unclear if the interior minister was present at the time, though the mayor of Sana’a was present and confirmed killed in the attack. Some reports, still awaiting confirmation, suggest the death toll could exceed even further. This marks the single largest incident of civilian deaths in the Saudi war, topping a previous incident in which 131 were killed at a wedding. It also adds pressure to the nations supplying Saudi Arabia with arms, in particular the United States and Britain, to scale back arms sales and stop providing Saudis with intelligence in targeting civilian objects.

The problem is, just last month, the US decided to go ahead with a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, leading human rights groups to decry the US as “indifferent to Yemen’s misery.” Britain, too, is reportedly in talks over a multi-billion-pound arms contract with Saudi Arabia. True, the White House has announced an “immediate” review of US support for the Saudi-led coalition in wake of the funeral bombing. But that’s all really. Washington, which has been a major arms supplier to Saudi Arabia from day one, will never distance itself from Riyadh, even when it says it is “deeply disturbed” and promising to review its military support for Riyadh so as to better align with US principles, values and interests, including achieving an immediate and durable end to Yemen’s tragic conflict. Notwithstanding appearances, US military cooperation with Saudi Arabia is a blank check and it is precisely here that no one wants to put at risk this mutual benefit society:

The bombing took place less than three weeks after the US Senate greenlighted a $1.15 billion deal selling military equipment to Saudi Arabia. The Senate did so by blocking a bill opposing the controversial sale due to Saudi Arabia’s role in the Yemeni conflict and Riyadh’s human rights record. As long as the US allows this pattern to continue, Saudi Arabia and its lackeys will continue to take advantage of the situation – taunting, acting out, and getting their way. The US has never launched a single investigation into civilian casualties and Saudi war crimes in a campaign it is part of. It has never put its foot down making the House of Saud’s rogue regional leadership face the international consequences for their destructive behaviour.

On the contrary, Official Washington has helped Riyadh turn Yemen into a failed state and a badlands for terrorists who have spread their killing sprees far and wide. Worse yet, the finest minds of the United Nations have remained silent and guaranteed strategic failure against the ostensible grave threat of Saudi Arabia and it’s Wahhabi proxies. It is said truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken and always gets above falsehood. In blatant violation of international law, the US not only refuses to tamp down the panic-mongering and cheap political theatre of “Iran threat”, but also continues to supply the Saudis with banned weapons – cluster bombs and phosphorous munitions – with which to flatten Yemeni neighbourhoods, take civilian lives, generate refugees, and strengthen ISIL and Al-Qaeda. This way the Military-Industrial Complex can make money through arms race, the Wahhabi extremists can destabilise the planet, and the US Army can then send in drones and Special Forces to take out a handful of Al-Qaeda and ISIL operatives and save the world. It is what we call approaching spiritual doom.

Iran’s FM slams Saudi Arabia’s Saturday attack on Yemen

Iran Urges Safe Air Corridor for Dispatch of Relief Aid to Sana’a

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi called for putting an immediate end the siege of Yemen and opening of a safe air corridor for sending relief aid to the injured civilians of the Saturday Saudi airstrikes on mourners in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. “We demand the removal of the air siege imposed on Sana’a and supply of immediate aid to the people wounded in Saudi Arabia’s inhumane crimes in Sana’a,” Qassemi said. He reiterated that Iran is ready to send humanitarian aid, including medical team, food and medicine to those injured in the incident.

Iranian official: US complicit in Saudi crimes in Yemen

“US & UK complicit in Saudi crimes in Yemen”

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Yemeni Army, Popular Forces Kill 25 Saudi Soldiers in Jizan Province

The Yemeni army and popular forces continued their advances deep inside Saudi Arabia, and killed 25 soldiers of the kingdom in Jizan province. The Yemeni forces continued their advances in al-Kors and al-Qarn regions in Jizan province and killed at least 25 Saudi military men in fierce clashes. The Yemeni army offensive came in retaliation for the Saudi airstrikes on Sana’a on Saturday that resulted in the death and injury of over 700 civilians.


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