United States Navy attacks Yemen, helping Saudis killing civilians

This video, by the (Conservative) Daily Telegraph in Britain, says about itself:

Video shows moment ‘double tap’ air strike hits Yemen funeral

9 October 2016

Warning: contains footage some may find distressing.

Footage shown by Al-Masirah TV in Yemen shows the moment a Saudi-led coalition air strike bombed a funeral hall in Sanaa on Saturday. More than 140 people were killed and at least 525 others were wounded in the “double tap” air strikes. Double tap refers to a practice where one strike is launched and as people rush to help the wounded at the scene, a second strike hits.

From Reuters news agency today:

By Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON

The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by … Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said. …

U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.S. Navy destroyer USS Nitze launched the Tomahawk cruise missiles around 4 a.m. local (0100 GMT). …

The official identified the areas in Yemen where the radar were located as: near Ras Isa, north of Mukha and near Khoka.

The failed missile attacks on the USS Mason – the latest of which took place on Wednesday – appeared to be part of the reaction to a suspected Saudi-led strike on mourners gathered in Yemen’s Houthi-held capital Sanaa. …

The Houthis … denied any involvement in Sunday’s attempt to strike the USS Mason.

This is a dangerous escalation by the Pentagon of the bloody war in Yemen, which kills mainly civilians and has caused a humanitarian catastrophe. This escalation makes the US government even more of an ally of the Saudi absolute monarchy‘s cruel aggression against the poorest Arab country than it already was.

Washington threatens military intervention in Yemen following reported missile attacks on US warship: here.

18 thoughts on “United States Navy attacks Yemen, helping Saudis killing civilians

  1. Thursday 13th October 2016

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    Pentagon vows retaliation after missiles fall near its warships

    WASHINGTON threatened to join the Saudi-led war on Yemen on Tuesday night, using Monday’s alleged missile attack on a US warship as a pretext.

    The US Defence Department mooted possible air raids on troops and Houthi militia and their self-declared Supreme Political Council government.

    The threat came the day after two missiles splashed harmlessly into the Red Sea near where the destroyer USS Mason and amphibious troop ship USS Ponce were cruising.

    Yemen’s Sabah news agency quoted an anonymous Yemeni Republican Guard source as denying that the armed forces had fired on the US vessels.

    Asked if the Obama administration was planning a retaliatory attack, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said: “Those things are things that we’re looking at. We’re going to find out who did this and we’ll take action accordingly.”

    Capt Davis warned: “We will make sure that anybody who interferes with freedom of navigation or anybody who puts US navy ships at risk understands that they do so at their own peril.”

    It followed Saturday’s air strike by the Saudi-led invasion coalition on the funeral of Interior Minister Galal al-Rawishan, which killed 155 mourners and wounded more than 500 in the capital Sanaa.

    The latest coalition atrocity may have been in revenge for the Republican Guard’s sinking of an Emirati warship in the Red Sea on October 1.

    US State Department spokesman John Kirby sought to excuse the funeral bombing on Tuesday, asserting that the coalition was not “deliberately targeting civilians.”

    He argued that Yemen’s government had invited the Saudis to bomb its own country, referring to the Riyadh-based government in exile of ousted president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which the Saudis want to restore to power.

    Mr Kirby also repeated claims that Iran was supplying arms to the Houthi-backed government.

    Documents obtained by news agency Reuters this week through a freedom of information request showed that the White House had approved $1.3 billion (£1.1 million) in arms sales to Riyadh last year, despite concerns over possible Saudi war crimes.

    Pentagon officials voiced doubt that coalition air forces could hit military targets without also killing civilians and destroying “critical infrastructure.”



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