Saudi Arabia bombs Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen

Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, bombed by United States Air Force

The royal air force of Saudi Arabia apparently wants to show that they are real allies of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia in the USA.

They want to show that they cannot just kill their own Yemen war allies. They want to show that they cannot just kill Indian fishermen. They want to show that they cannot just bomb refugees in Yemen, bomb factory workers in Yemen, market visitors in Yemen, children in Yemen, beautiful ancient homes in Yemen, weddings in Yemen (just like their Pentagon or CIA allies).

They have shown that they can bomb a Doctors Without Borders hospital. Just like their Pentagon allies.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

MSF/Doctors Without Borders: bombs on clinic in Yemen

Today, 10:41

In Yemen, according to MSF, tonight one of its clinics was hit in an air strike by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia. The charity says that the building has been hit several times.

The clinic is in Saada in northwestern Yemen. The director of the hospital in Saada has said to the Yemeni state news agency Saba that several people were injured in the attacks.

The hospital is said to be completely destroyed. Also a school for girls and some houses were hit in the vicinity of the clinic.

It is the second time in a short time that a medical facility of MSF was hit. In early October, a clinic was bombed in Afghanistan by US warplanes. Thereby certainly 30 people were killed.

Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states started interfering seven months ago with their armed forces in the civil war in Yemen. Already more than 5600 people have been killed by the conflict.

Because of the fighting in Yemen, the majority of the 24 million population is now dependent on humanitarian aid. UNICEF recently warned of the consequences of the war for Yemeni children.

OBAMA AND YEMEN: IS HE TRYING TO GET OUT? “Over the past six months, the Obama administration has quietly embroiled the U.S. in a Middle Eastern war that has left more than 20 million people in need of humanitarian aid and killed at least 5,000. U.S.-backed Sunni Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, have bombed weddings, left families to starve and looked the other way as an al Qaeda affiliate has used the confusion to seize significant territory. Civilian casualties are growing daily.” [Akbar Shahid Ahmed, HuffPost]

Saudi royal air force bombs Yemeni wedding, again

This video says about itself:

100+ Yemeni Civilians Killed At Wedding By Saudi Airstrike

29 September 2015

The death toll from an air strike on a wedding party in Yemen has jumped to 131, medics said on Tuesday, in one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in Yemen’s war that drew strong condemnation from the U.N. secretary-general.

That was then. And now …

By James Tweedie:

Yemen: Saudis kill 30 in raid after rebels sign up to UN peace plan

Friday 9th October 2015

AT LEAST 30 people were killed when the Saudi-led coalition bombed a wedding, Yemeni officials said yesterday.

Wednesday’s attack came after the UN announced that the rebel Anasarullah movement — commonly known as the Houthis — had agreed to a ceasefire.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the group had signed up to a seven-point peace plan which includes abiding by security council resolution 2216, which requires the Houthis to withdraw from all areas they occupy — including the capital Sanaa — and to lay down their arms.

In return, the movement will be given a role in government and become a recognised political party.

The agreement was confirmed by Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abd al-Salam, according to Yemen’s Saba Net news agency.

Mr Salam also called on UN secretary-general Ban Ki Moon and the UN security council to back Yemen’s peace process.

The air raid took place in the town of Sanabani in Dhamar province, an area controlled by the Houthi rebels. The host of the wedding was a local tribal leader alleged to be an Ansarullah supporter.

The three local officials said that hospitals had been overwhelmed with the wounded.

There was no immediate comment from Saudi Arabia’s military coalition, which last week denied that it was responsible for the bombing of another wedding on September 28, killing more than 130 people.

But as the forces loyal to Houthi-backed presidential pretender Ali Abdullah Saleh possess no aircraft, suspicion fell on Saudi Arabia and its allies.

‘THE LIFE AND DEATH GAMBLE OF ATTENDING A WEDDING IN YEMEN’ “The wedding was almost over. Three brothers waited at their father’s house, as is tradition in Yemen, for their new brides to arrive. Then, according to relatives of the victims, the bombs fell.” [Charlotte Alfred, HuffPost]

Saudi air force bomb their own troops in Yemen: here.

Saudi air force kills 135, not 27, wedding guests

This building in Yemen was destroyed by Saudi airstrikes. Photo: OCHA/P. Kropf

I am sorry. This blog has been too optimistic about the bloody war of the Saudi Arabian absolute monarchy in Yemen.

Yesterday, I reported the Saudi royal airforce killed 27 wedding guests in Wahijah village in south-western Yemen. Much too low a number.

Later that day, the United Nations said:

Press release

Yemen: Ban condemns airstrikes that reportedly struck wedding party and killed over 100

28 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the airstrikes that reportedly struck a wedding party in Wahijah village, outside of the Red Sea port city of Mokha in Yemen, killing as many as 135 people.

‘The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and a swift recovery to those injured,’ his spokesperson said in a statement.

The statement added that any intentional attack against civilians is considered a serious violation of international humanitarian law and should be investigated through prompt, effective, independent and impartial mechanisms to ensure accountability.

As many as 131 people were killed in Yemen on Monday after Saudi coalition air strikes tore through a wedding party in the village of Al-Wahijah on the outskirts of the Red Sea port city of Mocha. The attack marks the deadliest civilian massacre yet in the six-month-old war being waged by a coalition of Arab monarchies and dictatorships spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, backed to the hilt by the United States: here.

Missing from reports of Yemeni carnage: Washington’s responsibility: here.

UK helped Saudi Arabia get UN human rights role through ‘secret deal’ to exchange votes, leaked documents suggest. ‘The ministry might find it an opportunity to exchange support with the United Kingdom’, leaked cable reportedly reads: here.

Ten reasons to oppose the Saudi monarchy: here.

Senior Saudi prince calls for regime change in Riyadh: here.

Saudi Arabia is worried – and not just about its king: here.

Britain: Corbyn: UK must drop Saudi prison bid in light of activist’s death sentence. Labour leader and other critics say plan for Ministry of Justice to act as advisers would imply approval for plans to execute democracy protester: here.

Saudi air force kills Yemeni wedding guests

Yemen map

It looks like the royal air force of Saudi Arabia are emulating their allies in the Pentagon and the CIA in the USA; allies which have killed wedding guests, brides and bridegrooms in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Somalia, in Yemen; etc.

From Reuters news agency:

At least 27 dead in air strike on Yemen wedding party: official

September 28, 2015 18:35 IST

At least 27 people, most of them women and children, were killed on Monday in an air strike on a wedding party in southwest Yemen, a local official and residents said.

A local resident said 12 women, eight children and seven men died in the air strike. A local official put the death toll at 30 in the village of Wahijah near the Red Sea port of Al-Mokha.