Saudi air force kills 135, not 27, wedding guests


This building in Yemen was destroyed by Saudi airstrikes. Photo: OCHA/P. Kropf

I am sorry. This blog has been too optimistic about the bloody war of the Saudi Arabian absolute monarchy in Yemen.

Yesterday, I reported the Saudi royal airforce killed 27 wedding guests in Wahijah village in south-western Yemen. Much too low a number.

Later that day, the United Nations said:

Press release

Yemen: Ban condemns airstrikes that reportedly struck wedding party and killed over 100

28 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the airstrikes that reportedly struck a wedding party in Wahijah village, outside of the Red Sea port city of Mokha in Yemen, killing as many as 135 people.

‘The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and a swift recovery to those injured,’ his spokesperson said in a statement.

The statement added that any intentional attack against civilians is considered a serious violation of international humanitarian law and should be investigated through prompt, effective, independent and impartial mechanisms to ensure accountability.

As many as 131 people were killed in Yemen on Monday after Saudi coalition air strikes tore through a wedding party in the village of Al-Wahijah on the outskirts of the Red Sea port city of Mocha. The attack marks the deadliest civilian massacre yet in the six-month-old war being waged by a coalition of Arab monarchies and dictatorships spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, backed to the hilt by the United States: here.

Missing from reports of Yemeni carnage: Washington’s responsibility: here.

UK helped Saudi Arabia get UN human rights role through ‘secret deal’ to exchange votes, leaked documents suggest. ‘The ministry might find it an opportunity to exchange support with the United Kingdom’, leaked cable reportedly reads: here.

Ten reasons to oppose the Saudi monarchy: here.

Senior Saudi prince calls for regime change in Riyadh: here.

Saudi Arabia is worried – and not just about its king: here.

Britain: Corbyn: UK must drop Saudi prison bid in light of activist’s death sentence. Labour leader and other critics say plan for Ministry of Justice to act as advisers would imply approval for plans to execute democracy protester: here.

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47 thoughts on “Saudi air force kills 135, not 27, wedding guests

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  2. Dear friends,

    Saudi Arabia is about to behead a 21-year-old man and then crucify him to display his body in public. This same country was just chosen to head a U.N. Human Rights Council panel. If it weren’t so serious this would be funny!

    Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was arrested when he was 17 for participating in demonstrations against the government, then he was convicted under torture. But his case is not an exception in the kingdom — Saudi Arabia has executed more than 100 people this year, that’s a rate of one every 2 days!

    France has already requested that Saudis stop this execution, but the US, Germany, and the UK also have very cosy relationships with the regime. The best way to get urgent action is to channel our outrage to these leaders who can persuade their Saudi allies. Sign up now to save Ali, and then stop this human rights farce, his execution could happen any time:

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_saudi_beheadings_loc/?bHFhfab&v=65576

    Saudi is now Chair of the UN committee that oversees nominations to key special rapporteurs and experts. Ali’s whole atrocious case shows how absurd that is! Human rights experts say this is an ‘arbitrary execution’ prohibited under the international Convention on the Rights of the Child, as Ali would be executed for crimes committed when he was a minor. Ali is the nephew of a prominent Shia cleric, who has also been sentenced to death.

    But they will go ahead unless there is a massive cost on the international stage.

    The above governments have an ugly, but tight trade relationship with Saudi — they either sell the Kingdom weapons or buy oil, or both! We know their voices count. When we campaigned earlier this year for the German Vice Chancellor to tell Saudi officials to stop the flogging and possible execution of the blogger Raif Badawi, Sigmar Gabriel spoke out. Badawi hasn’t been flogged in months and he’s still alive, even though he is still rotting in prison.

    Let’s urgently get these powerful leaders to tell Saudis that they must stop this execution and then demand they weigh in at the UN Human Rights Council to ensure this new role is challenged. Sign now – let’s help save this young man’s life:

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    When regimes worldwide violate basic human rights, our community has spoken out and helped stop atrocities. Let’s now raise our voices for Ali.

    With hope and determination,
    Alice, Melanie, Marie, Alex, Marigona, Maria Paz, Spyro and the whole Avaaz team

    SOURCES:

    France urges Saudi Arabia to cancel death penalty for youth (Gulf Times)
    http://www.gulf-times.com/region/216/details/456125/france-urges-saudi-arabia-to-cancel-death-penalty-for-youth

    U.N., rights groups call on Saudi Arabia to spare man from beheading, crucifixion (CNN)
    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/23/middleeast/saudi-arabia-ali-al-nimr-execution/

    Saudi Arabia executes ‘a person every two days’ as rate of beheadings soars under King Salman (The Independent)
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-executions-amnesty-international-beheadings-death-sentences-rate-under-king-salman-10470456.html

    Saudi Arabia and France ink $12bln deal (Al Arabiya)
    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/24/France-Saudi-Arabia-to-ink-12bln-arms-deal.html

    Yemen and the scandal of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia (The Guardian)
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/17/yemen-and-the-scandal-of-uk-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia

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  3. Reblogged this on Saine Corner and commented:
    If you scroll down to Petrel41’s comments, after reading her article, you can sign up to help save Ali. Saudi Arabia who have just been chosen to head a U.N. Human Rights Council panel intend to execute Ali.

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