Saudi regime starving Yemeni civilians to death

This December 2016 video is called Saudi Arabia Killing Yemeni children (18+).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saudis exert stranglehold on starving Yemeni people

Wednesday 8th November 2017

SAUDI ARABIA tightened its chokehold on neighbouring Yemen yesterday, shutting border crossings, grounding all humanitarian aid planes and ordering ships to leave the besieged country’s ports.

It has made an already dire situation worse, causing an immediate increase in prices in a country where 17 million — two-thirds of the country’s 26m people — are dependent on food aid.

United Nations officials urged the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen to restore access for aid deliveries. “If these channels, these lifelines, are not kept open, it is catastrophic for people who are already in what we have already called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” UN spokesman Jens Laerke said.

“Fuel, food and medicine imports must continue to enter the country. This is an access problem of colossal dimensions.”

While 17m people are short of food, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) can only reach 7m due to a lack of money and ongoing fighting.

Yemenis “hardly have food now. And if we are denied this access, even for two weeks, I can’t imagine hundreds of thousands of children’s lives are not going to be on the brink of starvation,” said WFP executive director David Beasley.

In addition, an enormous cholera epidemic has killed 2,000 people. More than half of the country’s people don’t have access to safe drinking water and even before the Saudi slaughter began in 2015 the country was one of the most parched parts of the world.

The restrictions follow Saudi accusations since the weekend that Iran supplied a missile to Yemen’s Houthi rebels that was shot down near the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia has made repeated claims that Iran is arming the Houthis — often on little evidence and denied by Tehran.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is armed to the teeth with British and US-made weaponry. Britain has sold billions of pounds worth of armaments, including warplanes and bombs, to the Saudis since they began pulverising Yemen in March 2015.

Up to 20,000 people have been killed and many air strikes have hit civilian targets, including hospitals and schools. Britain and the US maintain military advisers in the Saudi command centre and train the country’s air force.

The Saudi-led offensive, which involves several other regional despotisms, is an attempt to restore their man Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to the presidency — won unopposed

being the only candidate allowed to stand by the Saudi absolute monarchy neighbours

in 2012 — following his ousting by the Houthis, a Zaidi Muslim religious and political movement.

Saudi slaughter of Yemeni civilians continues

North Yemen homes destroyed today, AFP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

An air strike in northern Yemen killed at least 26 people. Dozens of people were injured. The attacks were in Sa’dah province, where Saudi Arabia regularly conducts air attacks

A hotel, shops and a busy market were completely destroyed. Press office AP reports that another warplane attack occurred in the province, killing three people. …

Three million people have fled because of the violence. There is an urgent lack of food, water and medical assistance. More than seven million people are balancing on the verge of starvation according to the UN.

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Saudi regime kills Yemeni children, gets slap on the wrist

This video says about itself:

A message from Yemeni children to Trump

20 March 2017

‏Next to the house destroyed by Saudi coalition warplanes, Yara sent a message to Trump.

‏The message summarizes the reality of Yemeni children.

‏Their suffering. Fear. Fleeing.

‏Two years of US-KSA aggression on Yemen! Why!

What have we done to deserve all this?

Why are you killing us?

‏We no longer have any dreams … except that we don’t want to see our loved ones die in front of us, due to an aircraft bombing their homes or their event halls or workplaces.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saudi killing ‘not as bad as other states doing it’

Friday 6th October 2017

Riyadh ‘taking steps to improve protection of children,’ says UN despite deaths

THE Saudi-led invasion coalition in Yemen has made this year’s United Nations blacklist of child-killers — but on a list of lesser sinners.

The coalition’s inclusion on a list of countries which, though guilty of killing youngsters, are said to be taking steps “to improve the protection of children” was leaked to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

But Yemen’s Saba news agency reported yesterday that one child had been killed and three injured — along with two adults — in a coalition air strike on a civilian car in the Baqim district of northern Saada province.

The day before, two other civilians were killed in a coalition raid on a farm in the same district, which borders Saudi Arabia.

The US-backed coalition, which the UN said had killed or injured almost 700 Yemeni children in 2016, was first added to the list of children’s rights violators last year.

But it was swiftly removed by then secretary-general Ban Ki Moon under intense pressure from Saudi Arabia.

Mr Ban’s successor Antonio Guterres divided this year’s list into two sections. One is of parties which recruit, use, kill, maim, rape, sexually abuse or abduct children in armed conflict or attack schools and hospitals.

The other, which includes the Saudi-led coalition, lists parties “that have put in place measures during the reporting period to improve the protection of children.”

The secretary-general’s report did not specify what those measures were.

But he said: “In Yemen, the coalition’s actions objectively led to the listing for the killing and maiming of children, with 683 child casualties attributed to this party, and as a result of being responsible for 38 verified incidents, for attacks on schools and hospitals during 2016.”

Also accused are al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula — allegedly a Saudi proxy force directed against coalition ally the United Arab Emirates’ scheme to declare a breakaway state of South Yemen — and militias loyal to former president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s shadow government in the Saudi capital Riyadh, including the salafists.

Only Americans Can Stop America’s War on Yemen: here.

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Saudi women’s victory on driving, struggle continues

This video says about itself:

A Saudi woman who dared to drive | Manal al-Sharif

14 June 2013

There’s no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it’s forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so — and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next.

Ms Manal al-Sharif and other Saudi women were jailed and flogged for driving cars. Their courageous struggle inspired solidarity all over the world; though not from Hillary Clinton, then United States Secretary of State.

Now, the Saudi absolute monarchy has announced that from June next year on women will be allowed to get driving licences. Proving that even the most cruel dictatorships sometimes have to make concessions to mass popular struggles.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Al Sharif said she was pleased with the disappearance of “one of the most draconian laws

not a law; just oppression in practice

in modern times”, and that she will continue the struggle for equal rights for women. Because there’s still a long way to go

The activists will now focus on male custody of women. According to Saudi law, women need permission from their husband, father or brother for the simplest things. Requesting a passport, for example, or a scholarship for a study abroad, but also to marry women must get permission from a male relative.

The right to get a driving license is only the beginning of the struggle to abolish long-established unjust laws, al-Sharif says now. “We will continue to act against male custody which imprisons women in this country. We ask for nothing less than fully equal rights for women.”

Eight things women still can’t do in Saudi Arabia: here.

Saudi Arabia lifting the driving ban is little more than a glitzy distraction from its continued geopolitical problems. King Salman signs the decree; but the world knows that the Crown Prince is behind all this, just as he was behind the ambitious new economic plan to move away from the world’s oil ‘greed’, which has even now been watered down by Saudi officials, its ambitions extended in time or abandoned altogether: here.

The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban: here.