Pro-Pentagon Somali government accuses pro-Pentagon Saudis of massacring civilians


This 18 March 2017 video is called Helicopter attacked refugee boat off the coast of Yemen.

First, there was the United States Pentagon and other NATO militarists-supported war in Somalia.

It led to millions of Somali refugees, fleeing to, eg, Yemen.

Then came the United States Pentagon and other NATO militarists-supported war on Yemen.

It killed many civilians, including refugees.

So, now many Somalis are fleeing again, this time from Yemen.

On 18 March 2017, the Pentagon-supported Somali government accused the Saudi Arabian government, the special darlings of the Pentagon, of butchering its citizens.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Somalia accuses Saudis of attack on boat

The government of Somalia has said that the Saudi coalition is responsible for the shelling yesterday of a boat with Somali refugees. At least 42 people lost their lives. The Somali government used words like repugnant, monstrous and appalling.

The Shiite rebels in Yemen designate Saudi Arabia as the offender as well. That country has made no comments yet.

Here Dutch NOS TV, being a broadcaster of Pentagon ally the Netherlands, means with ‘that country’ the Yemeni puppet government in exile in Saudi Arabia.

The ship was fired upon from a helicopter gunship, 30 miles from the coast of Yemen.

AMNESTY International has corroborated new evidence the Saudi Arabia-led coalition recently fired banned cluster munitions in Yemen: here.

Saudi helicopter butchers Somali refugees from Yemen


This video says about itself:

17 March 2017

Thirty-one Somali refugees were killed off the coast of Yemen late on Thursday when a helicopter attacked the boat they were traveling in. Reports say the refugees, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab al-Mandeb strait. They were said to have been carrying official UNHCR documents. 80 refugees were rescued after the incident.

First, there was the United States Pentagon and other NATO militarists-supported war in Somalia.

It led to millions of Somali refugees, fleeing to, eg, Yemen.

Then came the United States Pentagon and other NATO militarists-supported war on Yemen.

It killed many civilians, including refugees.

So, now many Somalis are fleeing again, this time from Yemen.

From Common Dreams in the USA:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Local Official Says US-Built Apache Helicopter Behind Massacre of Refugees

Signs suggest the refugees, who were carrying official United Nations documents, were attacked by Saudi-led coalition helicopter

by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

At least 31 Somali refugees are dead after the boat they were traveling in from Yemen to Sudan was attacked by what might have been a U.S.-made Apache helicopter.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed “dozens of deaths and many dozens of survivors brought to hospitals.”

A local coastguard officer told Reuters that “the refugees, carrying official [United Nations Refugee Agency] documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab al-Mandeb strait.”

If the reports are true, Yemen Peace Project director of policy and advocacy Kate Kizer noted online, the Apache helicopter “likely was U.S. sold, #Saudi manned (last sale last fall).”

Middle East Eye reported: “Photos from the scene showed bodies of men, women, and children laid out on the ground at a small harbor, covered in pieces of colored fabric.”

The outlet added:

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, although the Saudi-led coalition is known to fly Apache helicopters near the strategic Bab al-Mandeb strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and carries millions of barrels of oil per day.

Local news site Aden al-Ghad reported that jets from the Saudi-led coalition—which has led a ground and air campaign against Houthi rebels since March 2015—had “intensified its strikes” in Hudaida on Thursday.

“Coalition planes launched dozens of strikes on coastal areas of Hudaida, in support of advances by troops on the ground,” a local source told the site, which is known to be opposed to the Houthi rebels.

The Guardian further reported:

There was no immediate comment from the coalition. Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition in the war in Yemen, has U.S.-built Apache A-64 Longbow attack helicopters.

The kingdom’s Al-Madinah class frigates, one of which was damaged in an attack by a Houthi militia in January, are also capable of carrying a single helicopter. Other naval forces operating in the area are also equipped with helicopters, including the U.S. military.

The U.N. Refugee Agency said it was “appalled by this tragic incident, the latest in which civilians continue to disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict in Yemen.”

UPI reported Thursday that Boeing just this week “received a $3.2 billion contract modification to support the U.S. Army’s foreign military sale of Apache helicopters to Saudi Arabia.” The U.S. has already sold dozens of Apaches to Saudi Arabia, along with billions in additional arms. On Tuesday, Amnesty International urged the Trump administration to halt future sales immediately.

United States Pentagon injures Yemeni civilians


This British TV 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.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saturday 4th March 2017

THE US dropped dozens of bombs on al-Qaida targets in Yemen yesterday for a second consecutive day, allegedly wounding civilians and destroying homes.

According to officials the strikes focused on the central mountainous region where Bayda, Shabwa and Abyan provinces meet.

Residents of the southern Yemen village of Wadi Yashbum told Reuters that some of the strikes hit homes, injuring women and children.

An anonymous senior official in former president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s Riyadh-based government described the strikes as “openended” and said they raised questions about the objectives of such an operation. …

Bayda tribal leader Sadek al-Jaouf told the Associated Press that houses were bombed in the Yakla district — the area where a US special operations raid in January this year saw a US commando killed, six troops wounded and a MV-22 tilt rotor plane destroyed.

A total of 25 civilians were killed in the botched operation, including 10 children and nine women, casting an early blemish on US President Donald Trump’s pledge to end overseas interventions.

Saudi air force bombs Yemeni funeral again


This video from the USA says about itself:

ANOTHER Yemeni Funeral Bombed, Women & Children Killed

23 February 2017

A U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed at least eight women and a child at a funeral reception near Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on Thursday, witnesses told AFP.

Read more here.

Saudi war crimes in Yemen


This 2016 video says about itself:

The US may be aiding war crimes in Yemen

12 December 2016

The U.S. is helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen and it’s a disaster.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

MoD tracing war crimes by Saudis

Friday 24th February 2017

Investigation opened into 257 humanitarian breaches in Yemen

THE British government is investigating hundreds of war crimes allegedly committed by the Saudi-led coalition in its ongoing bombardment of Yemen, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said yesterday.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said his department is looking at 257 alleged breaches of international humanitarian law committed during the bombing of Yemen which began in March 2015.

Mr Fallon refused to release details of the allegations saying: “Details of the MoD’s analysis of these allegations are necessarily confidential.”

Britain has licensed almost £3.3 billion in arms to the country since the Saudi-led coalition bombing campaign began almost two years ago.

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin confirmed: “UK-built and licensed Typhoon and Tornado aircraft from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) have been deployed on combat missions in the Yemen campaign.”

The United Nations estimate that 10,000 people have been killed during the conflict which has seen more than two-thirds of the Yemeni population left in need of humanitarian aid.

Much of the destruction has been blamed on Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate air strikes which have seen homes and funerals targeted.

As a result the British government has faced repeated calls to halt its arms sales to the Gulf state. But the government claims that it is confident that the sales were “compliant with the UK export licensing criteria.”

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) lodged a judicial review over the legality of the government’s decision to continue licensing arms sales to Saudi Arabia which was heard in the High Court earlier this month. The outcome is expected in March.

CAAT spokesman Andrew Smith told the Star: “Saudi forces have shown a total disregard for international law.

“Whitehall has been totally complicit in the destruction. How many more abuses will need to happen before the government finally takes action and ends the arms sales?”

Saudi puppets in Yemen kill each other


This 14 August 2015 video shows United Arab Emirates people crying as UAE soldiers return from the Saudi war on Yemen in coffins.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Yemen: Clashes at Aden airport kill three militia fighters

Monday 13th February 2017

INFIGHTING between Saudi-backed militias broke out yesterday at an airport in the southern port city of Aden.

Riyadh-based exiled president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s presidential guard — backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — reportedly surrounded the airport after three days of fighting.

Helicopter gunships attacked the rival militia, killing three.

The militia have controlled the airport since the invasion in late 2015. They refused to hand over the airport to Hadi loyalists last week.

The UAE is a member of the Saudi-led coalition, and the only other nation with significant ground forces in the country.

Meanwhile in Somalia’s breakaway northern province Somaliland — which lacks international recognition — parliament voted to allow the UAE to build a military base there, across the Red Sea from Yemen.

The move, opposed by neighbouring Ethiopia and Djibouti, sparked vocal protests from nine MPs, who were removed.

More United States bloodshed in Yemen


This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Administration Preparing for Deeper Involvement in Yemen

8 February 2017

The recent failed US Navy Seal raid shows that the Trump administration‘s plans for Yemen will contribute to making the horrific humanitarian crisis there worse, says CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin.

Donald Trump ‘to approve arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain’ blocked by Barack Obama. Former president blocked deals over concerns of human rights violations: here.