Even Saudi prince criticizes Yemen war

This 5 May 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

Human Rights Watch is accusing the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of dropping banned cluster bombs manufactured and supplied by the U.S. on civilian areas in Yemen. Cluster bombs contain dozens or even hundreds of smaller munitions designed to fan out over a wide area, often the size of a football field. They are banned under a 2008 treaty for the high civilian toll they can cause. The treaty was adopted by 116 countries — although not by Saudi Arabia, Yemen or the United States. According to Human Rights Watch, the U.S.-supplied cluster bombs have landed near rebel-held villages in northern Yemen, putting residents in danger.

We are joined by Stephen Goose, director of Human Rights Watch’s Arms Division and chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition, and Belkis Wille, Yemen and Kuwait researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Again bombs on Yemen, even criticism from within Saudi Arabia

Even within the Saudi royal family there is the first criticism of the Yemen war, says correspondent Marcel van der Steen … “A brother of the king, Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, has said that not the whole royal family is responsible for the war, pointing to crown prince Bin Salman.” Bin Salman is the actual ruler of the country.

The open finger-pointing indicates a power struggle within the Saudi royal family. “It is a shift that Bin Salman‘s policy is criticized, and it does show that not everyone backs the war in Yemen.” …

7-year-old symbol of hunger dies

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is alarming. According to UNICEF, a child dies every ten minutes due to hunger or illness. 1.8 million children are malnourished, 400,000 of which are so severe that it is life-threatening. There is a threat of famine for millions of people, the UN warns.

The 7-year-old Amal Hussain is seen as a symbol for the poignant situation. A photo of the emaciated girl was in The New York Times. “She died in a refugee camp yesterday”, reported the correspondent today.

“She had to leave the hospital because new patients came in. But the family did not have the money to go to the new hospital, 24 kilometers away, so the 7-year-old girl did not make it.”

3 thoughts on “Even Saudi prince criticizes Yemen war

  1. Pingback: Saudi war crimes in Yemen continue | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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