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Yemen update 6/6/2016..US ignoring Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing of Yemen

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US ignoring Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing of Yemen

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The Yemen civil war has turned into a proxy war between a number of local actors. With Iran supporting the Houthis and Saudi Arabia supporting President Hadi, the war has increased tensions between both nations. The chaos has allowed the Islamic State and, most notably, al-Qaeda to expand its footprint in the area, as well. In February, reports estimated that al-Qaeda controlled more land in Yemen than the Houthi rebels or the Islamic State, and a report this week found that, while al-Qaeda has lost some of that land in fighting, it still makes millions of dollars daily selling Yemeni oil, having created a structure on the ground similar to that of the Islamic State in war-torn Libya.

The governments of Iran and Saudi Arabia appear nowhere closer to resolving their differences in Yemen. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was quoted in a report by Iranian media this week as claiming to be attempting to reach out to high-level Saudi diplomats for talks specific to Yemen, but not being able to schedule talks. The Saudi government, meanwhile, has called on Iran to back away from the war theater in Iraq, where Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps have taken a prime role in the operation to liberate Fallujah from the Islamic State.

While Iran claims to be seeking a peaceful resolution to fighting in Yemen, it has banned its citizens from attending the hajj in Mecca, the holiest event in Islam, accusing the government there of not properly guaranteeing the safety of Iranian citizens.

The Houthis have also continued to target not only government bases, but Saudi Arabia itself, shooting missiles across the border.

The United Nations estimates that up to 10,000 Yemeni children have died during the civil war not as a product of fighting, but mostly as a result of “avoidable and preventable diseases” that went untreated because of the inability to travel freely within the country, keeping children out of hospitals that could have saved them.

Houthi supporters denounce Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen

Iran: Riyadh Left with No Option but to Accept Yemeni People’s Demand

The Iranian foreign ministry welcomed blacklisting Riyadh for its war crimes in Yemen, and said Saudi Arabia has no way but to accept the Yemeni people’s demand and realities on the ground.

“The Yemenis have announced several times that Riyadh and the so-called coalition led by it very clearly violate the international laws and regulations which monitor wars and war conditions, everyday,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

He said that the massacre of women and children in Yemen, attacking civilian targets and Yemeni groups which are not directly involved in the war are blatant instances of the violation of the international laws on war conditions.

“The recent UN secretary-general’s report confirms this explicit reality and shows that the unproductive policy of genocide and massacre cannot be continued and Saudi Arabia has no way out but to accept the realities in Yemen, the Yemeni nation’s demand for continuing their lives and having its own domestic and foreign policies,” Jaberi Ansari said.

The UN has blacklisted Saudi Arabia and its partners in crime for maiming and killing innocent children with the ongoing military aggression in Yemen.

According to an annual report on children and armed conflict released by the UN, the Saudi-led coalition is responsible for 60 percent of a total of 510 deaths and 667 woundings in 2015 after its regime-change campaign began in March, 2015 – a six-fold increase, as Human Rights Watch (HRW) separately points out.

HRW has similarly warned that the flow of weapons to Saudi Arabia has “facilitated appalling crimes” in Yemen, and that the US and other Western nations are complicit in the deaths of children there due to their continued allegiance with the Persian Gulf nation.


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