British government quarrels about Saudi war on Yemen

This video says about itself:

British and US-made bombs killing civilians in Yemen

12 October 2016

The airstrikes are precise; modern guided bombs from Britain and the US allow Saudi coalition pilots to hit any target they choose, anywhere in Yemen.

But these targets are all too often civilian.

See more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Prime Minister May disagrees with Boris Johnson on Saudi Arabia

Today, 00:33

British Prime Minister May disagrees with her Foreign Secretary on Saudi Arabia. Boris Johnson accused that country of fighting conflicts in the region as a puppeteer. …

The Guardian quoted Johnson: “You have these proxy wars being fought the whole time in that area … That’s why you’ve got the Saudis, Iran, everybody, moving in, and puppeteering and playing proxy wars”.

The comments by Johnson are remarkably critical of Saudi Arabia, an ally of Britain in the Middle East. He seems to allude to the conflict in Yemen

The spokeswoman of Prime Minister May underlined that she sees things otherwise. “Those are the foreign secretary’s views, they are not the government’s views on Saudi [Arabia] and its role in the region.”

The spokeswoman stressed that Britain and Saudi Arabia support the legitimate government of Yemen.

Meaning the government of Hadi, who became president in a Saudi-sponsored ‘election’ in which he was the only candidate. Later, Hadi resigned and left the country. The Saudi absolute monarchy then pressured him into forming a puppet Yemeni government in exile.

“The Saudis are a vital partner in the region.”

So, Ms May does not even allow her Foreign Secretary to speak a half truth, as she prefers 100% lies.

From the Guardian, 8 December 2016:

As the opposition and human rights groups were quick to point out, if Johnson truly believes Saudi Arabia and Iran are creating wars by exploiting vacuums in the region, it raises questions about the morality of the UK’s steadfast support of the Saudis in Yemen. The UK not only provides arms to the Saudis, but its military cell in Riyadh counsels the Saudi-led coalition on its targeting procedures, and makes its own battle-damage assessments of Saudi raids.

Yemeni civilians about the Saudi war

This video from the USA says about itself:

U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs School, Hospital In Yemen

15 August 2016

In this video, Rachel Blevins looks at the recent civilian casualties in Yemen at the hands of the U.S.-backed Saudi led coalition, and questions why the U.S. still considers Saudi Arabia a close ally?

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today, interviewing Yemeni civilians:

“I have no home, no job any more and my wife is depressed.” Muhajed worked as a communications expert until he was fired in 2015. “My boss, the World Bank, left Yemen when the war began. Like all other international organizations.”

But the problems started earlier. A few weeks before he was sacked his home was destroyed by bombing. “It was 02:00 at night and everyone was asleep. Until we heard the first bomb. We all woke up and went to the living room.”

Son struck

It was not long before the second and third bomb struck. “The windows sprung open, broken. Our children began to cry and suddenly my son started screaming.”

His 8-year-old son was hit in the leg. “He was bleeding a lot. We could not help him, because the whole room was filled with gas, we could barely breathe.” Muhajed ran to his neighbors, who quickly brought his son to a hospital. His leg was broken. “He was unable for 45 days to do anything at all.”

That incident had a major impact on Muhajed’s wife. “That day has traumatized her so much that she became depressed. She now takes antidepressants.”

Because Muhajed then lost his job, they could not afford reconstruction of their home. Now they have lived for months with friends. “We now live with two families in one house. It can not be otherwise.”

28-year-old Laila last year had enough of the war. She fled to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Only when she was there, she could not let go of Yemen. “How can I live here if I have to worry constantly about my loved ones in Sanaa?” she wondered. So she did something that nobody understood: she went back.

“Sanaa has always had my heart in what circumstances whatsoever. The war has just destroyed a lot,” says Laila. “It’s horrible to lose that sense of security and always having to worry that your loved ones may get hurt.”

Too scared to sleep

“My little brother Anas (7) asked me recently: “Why is my life filled with war, instead of games? I want to play with toys, not with fear.” When he said this, it reminded me of so much pain. Children in Sanaa are afraid, they are afraid to go to sleep for fear that they will not wake up. ”

Laila is studying International Studies in Sanaa and works as a consultant. Salary is not paid almost anywhere. “There are two banks in Sanaa, but there is no money to pay the workers. Yemen is going through the consequences of the war, losing an entire generation.”

The student is particularly afraid of the economic consequences of the war, but she is also afraid of the bombing. “In recent weeks, a hospital, a school and a factory have been bombed.”

There were hundreds of deaths in a bombing at a funeral. “That was a bomb fired by Saudi Arabia. They said later that they had hit the wrong target, and apologized. But that apparently was not sincere, because that same day they killed even more people by bombs. They do not want to stop that, because our blood is not worth anything to them.”

Yemeni children demonstrate against Saudi bombing

This video says about itself:

Yemen’s Children are Starving

26 September 2016

Yemen is on the brink of famine. BBC Arabic reveals exclusive footage of the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where 2 million people are malnourished and over 325,000 children are at risk of starvation.

“If you don’t die from an airstrike you die from being ill or starvation. And the hardest way to die is from starvation”, laments Dr Ashwaq Muharram. The war in Yemen has pushed a country which traditionally suffers from a shortage of food to the brink. The city of Hodeida was once prosperous, but airstrikes and conflict on the ground have isolated people in the surrounding villages and forced the closure of hundreds of hospitals. Furthermore, the Saudi-led coalition has blockaded Yemen‘s ports to prevent the Houthis rearming, resulting in a shortage of supplies, medicine and fuel. Without access to food or healthcare, millions are at risk. Children are those most affected. “I never imagined I would ever see a child like this in Yemen. It scares me that this may be the beginning of famine”, says Dr. Muharram. As she watches over her emaciated son, one mother cries, “Although he’s alive it’s as though he’s no longer here.” The extent of this looming disaster is yet to be seen, but what is clear is that if the situation continues, Yemen could lose an entire generation.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Yemen: Pupils rally against Saudi bombing

Monday 21st November 2916

SCHOOLCHILDREN in Yemen’s Mahweet province rallied yesterday in protest at Saudi Arabia continuing to bomb the country in breach of a ceasefire that it has agreed to.

The pupils in the province west of the capital Sanaa called on the world to end the Saudi-led invasion coalition’s aggression against their homeland. The coalition belatedly declared a 48-hour ceasefire at noon on Saturday. A truce agreed in talks between the Supreme Political Council government in Sanaa and US Secretary of State John Kerry in neighbouring Oman was due to begin at midnight on Thursday.

But the following day the US-backed coalition launched more than 70 air strikes across the country.

Fighting continued on all fronts on Saturday, including in south-western Taiz, where the death toll from shelling of a market on Friday rose to 24 as they continued to target the area.

The 20-month war in Yemen has killed almost 10,000 civilians and brought the country’s population to the verge of starvation.

Saudi bombs destroy Yemeni homes

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UNESCO Director-General condemns the destruction of Bani Matar Mosque in Yemen

5 September 2016

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has condemned the destruction of a 9th century mosque located in Bani Matar, Sana’a Governorate.
“I am deeply concerned about the continuing destruction of Yemen’s unique cultural heritage. This is a direct attack against the country’s historical sites, and on the people’s history and identity that will affect the society over the very long term. This senseless violence must stop immediately” said Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General.

Several reports from the General Organization of Antiquities and Museums (GOAM) and the General Organization for the Preservation of Historic Cities (GOPHCY) in Yemen, notably, have confirmed the destruction of the mosque by an air strike on Thursday August 25, 2016.

By James Tweedie:

Yemen: Homes bombed ahead of ceasefire

Thursday 17th November 2016

Saudi-led coalition continues onslaught a day before ceasefire

SAUDI-LED invasion forces bombed civilian homes in Yemen yesterday, the day before a new US-agreed ceasefire is due to take effect.

The aircraft of the nine-nation coalition hit the Bani Matar district of Saada province, south-west of the capital Sanaa, with three strikes, destroying private homes and public property in the village of Yazel.

Ibb University condemned the coalition after it bombed the faculty of medicine.

The same day, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he had agreed a truce, to begin today, with the Supreme Political Council (SPC) government in Sanaa.

It pledged to abide by the ceasefire provided the coalition and its Riyadh-based puppet government, led by former president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, did the same.

The SPC also said it was willing to participate in a unity government to be formed by the end of the year.

The deal was struck in neighbouring Oman, which has remained neutral in the war between the SPC and Washington’s Gulf Arab allies.

“There is a humanitarian disaster in Yemen, (not) just serious security and economic and political and humanitarian challenges,” Mr Kerry said after flying out.

“All the parties we talk to agree that there’s no military solution,” he stressed. “So if that’s the fact, you’ve got to get into: What is the political solution?”

But the Hadi faction immediately rejected the peace deal, calling it “unilateral.”

Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhalfi tweeted angrily: “The government doesn’t know and is not concerned with what Kerry announced.

“This shows a desire to foil peace efforts by trying to reach a deal with Houthis away from the government.”

But the US is not neutral in the war on Yemen, having sold arms to Saudi Arabia and other belligerents and provided in-flight refuelling support to more than 5,000 air raids.

Last month, US navy ships launched cruise missiles at the Yemeni coastline, supposedly in response to missile attacks — denied by the Republican Guard.

That came a week after the Saudis bombed a funeral in Sanaa, slaughtering some 150 mourners, in revenge for the sinking of an Emirati warship a week earlier.