British goverment helps Saudis kill Yemeni civilians

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Airstrike Hits Refugee Camp in Yemen, Killing 21: Report

30 March 2015

Humanitarian workers told Reuters that an airstrike hit the area of the Mazraq refugee camp in northern Yemen Monday, killing 21 people.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Saudis got 400-hour bomb lesson from British experts

Saturday 16th April 2016

BRITISH military personnel have provided nearly 400 hours of targeting training to Saudi Arabian forces since the start of the bombing campaign they lead in Yemen.

Human rights organisation Reprieve released the information yesterday after it made a freedom of information request of the government.

The official response details a variety of training courses given by British personnel to Saudi air and land forces since the bombardment commenced in March 2015.

In July 2015, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Parliament that Britain provided “no aircraft or training in direct support of Saudi operations.”

But it emerged in January that British advisers were present in Saudi military control rooms.

“Claims by ministers that Britain is helping the Saudi government abide by the law are disingenuous,” said Reprieve caseworker Omran Belhadi.

“Extensive British ‘targeting training’ has done nothing to prevent the bombing of schools, hospitals and weddings and the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians.”

Human rights groups have expressed grave concern over Britain’s involvement in a campaign which has been strongly criticised for the number of civilian deaths caused by the aerial assaults.

In fact, the UN has accused Saudi Arabia of “widespread and systematic” attacks on civilians in Yemen.

“The UK claims its support to the Saudi-led campaign is necessary to combat terrorism — but killing innocents doesn’t make us safer,” said Mr Belhadi.

“Ministers must urgently reconsider the UK’s support for these abuses.”

That support has included “targeting courses” for the Saudi Air Force by RAF specialists in artillery, targeting and “weaponeering” — designing attacks around weaponry — as well as training in the “better employment” of the British-supplied Storm Shadow cruise missile.

Saudi Arabia has paid for nearly a dozen Tory MPs to fly out and visit on ‘fact-finding missions’ this year. The MPs’ visits marks the intensification of lobbying by the petro-state: here.

Barack Obama urged to rule out trading US cluster bombs for Saudi favour. Exclusive: Rights groups call on president to act on use of controversial munitions during visit to kingdom: here.

Saudi bombing of Yemen continues

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Yemen’s doctors, nurses protest Saudi-led air strikes

7 May 2015

Some 200 healthcare providers in the Yemeni capital demand an end to Saudi-led airstrikes, as hospitals and patients suffer from a lack of fuel and medical supplies. Mana Rabiee reports.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saudi Arabia accused of violating truce in Yemen

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Capital bombed just hours after truce took effect, says de facto government

YEMEN’S de facto government accused Saudi Arabia of violating a United Nations-brokered ceasefire just hours after it came into force yesterday.

A Yemeni army spokesman said warplanes from the invading Saudi-led coalition bombed the capital Sanaa and the central province of Taiz yesterday morning, violating the truce. …

UN special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed urged all parties to work to ensure that the cessation of hostilities is “fully respected.”

“This is critical, urgent and much-needed. Yemen cannot afford the loss of more lives,” he said. …

More than a year of bombing, escalating to a ground invasion, by the coalition has failed to restore Mr Hadi to power.

But it has killed more than 9,000 people — including more than 3,000 civilians, 900 children among them — and displaced some 2.4 million refugees, according to the UN.

Yemen, which imports 90 per cent of its food, has been brought to the brink of famine by a Saudi embargo, with seven million people now classed as “severely food insecure” by the World Food Programme.

Yemenis’ mass demonstration against lethal Saudi bombs

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Yemen: Thousands march in Sanaa against Saudi-led military intervention

26 March 2016

Crowds of people gathered in the centre of Yemen’s capital Sanaa, on Saturday, to protest against the Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign in Yemen. The march marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the Saudi-led coalition’s military operation in the country.

Naif al Qaanis, vice president of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee (Arabic): “The Yemeni people coming out in these crowds, in this unified heart, in the morning on Seventy Square, this great square, say to the entire world that we are prepared for resistance, we are prepared for confrontation, whatever they do all of their aggression is beneath the feet of the Yemeni people and all these mercenaries have no place among the people of Yemen.”

‘Maybe Saudi war crimes in Yemen’, Jordanian prince says

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UN condemns Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen

18 March 2016

The United Nations says air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition are causing “carnage” in Yemen. The UN human rights chief has said the Saudi-led alliance is responsible for the vast majority of civilian deaths in the conflict. He also expressed outrage at one of the deadliest air strikes so far, which took place on a market this week.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Saudi coalition kills most civilians in Yemen

Today, 10:12

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen is responsible for twice as many civilian casualties as all other belligerents together. That said the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Jordanian Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, in Geneva.

Zeid expressed severe criticism of the raid by the coalition on a crowded market in northern Yemen, three days ago, in which 119 people died. Staffers of Zeid visited the bloody site and concluded that there were no military targets in the vicinity which might have legitimized an attack.


“Perhaps the members of the coalition have been guilty of international crimes,” said Zeid. He added that the coalition also never makes any effort afterwards to find out whether the attacks were reasonable.

“These terrible mistakes occur with unacceptable regularity,” said Zeid.

His Royal Highness Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is a Jordanian royal family prince. The Jordanian monarchy are allies of the Saudi monarchy. Maybe if Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein would not have been a prince, then his criticism of Saudi warfare in Yemen might have been even sharper.

More than 80 percent of the Yemeni population is confronting a desperate humanitarian catastrophe as the US-backed Saudi war against Yemen, launched in March 2015 as “Operation Decisive Storm,” enters its second year: here.

Saudi warplanes kill still more Yemeni civilians

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Yemen: UN Condemns Saudi Attack

16 March 2016

Saudi Arabia kills dozens [as initial, too low, estimates said] of Yemeni civilians in Mastaba Market, Hajja Governorate, Yemen. UN calls for impartial investigation.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

A Saudi bombing at a market in northern Yemen on Tuesday killed not 65 but 119 people, reports a United Nations spokesperson in the country.

The air strike was aimed at Mastaba city, northwest of the capital Sanaa. The market was hit Tuesday at the busiest time of day. According to witnesses, there are no military targets in the vicinity of the market. Dozens of wounded were treated by staff members of MSF.

Saudi royal air force killing Yemeni civilians again

Child at Saudi-bombed home in Sanaa, Yemen

The Dutch NOS TV caption with this AFP photograph says (translated): A child at a home in Sanaa [in Yemen], bombed earlier by Saudi warplanes.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Many people killed in air raid on market in Yemen

Today, 18:35

In the Yemeni province Hajjah at least 41 people have died in an air raid on a market. At least 75 people were injured.

The airstrike was carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. … The market in Mustaba district was hit three times.

Saudi Arabia-led coalition kills 41 civilians in strike on market in Yemen. A witness, Mazahem Khedr, said ‘dozens were killed’ and that he saw wounded people screaming for help: here.

A Yemeni woman holds a slogan during a protest in front of the United Nations office in the capital Sanaa, photo: Getty

Why would the US & UK support Saudi Arabia’s aerial campaign in Yemen if it’s breaking international law? Here.

Dutch parliament calls for arms embargo on Saudi Arabia over Yemen war: here.