‘United States soldiers kill scores of Yemeni civilians’


This video from Yemen says about itself:

YEMEN, December 2013, Field investigation

On 12 December 2013 at 4:30 pm, a wedding procession composed of 14 vehicles and 70 passengers was targeted by 4 missiles launched from a drone. Alkarama‘s representatives, accompanied by the head of the League of families of drone strikes victims visited location of the strike near Aqaba Za’j in the town of Wuld Rabi, a district of Radaa in al- Baydha Governorate in Yemen, and on 18 and 19 December 2013 met with families of victims and survivors of the strike. The delegation also visited the town of Yakla, where most of the victims originated from.

Like the autocratic government of Saudi Arabia (one of mainly Muslim countries which are NOT on Donald Trump’s refugee and immigrant ban list, though most 9/11 perpetrators were Saudi, jihadists in Syria get lots of Saudi money … but where Donald Trump has business interests) is not already killing and injuring more than enough Yemeni civilians

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

During a military attack by the United States in the south of Yemen dozens of people were killed. The action was [officially] aimed at al-Qaida. It was the first commando operation under the presidency of Donald Trump. …

According to local sources, dozens of civilians were killed. In addition, dozens of people were injured, including three US soldiers.

The attack was in the Yakla district in the southern province of al-Bayda and began with a drone strike

Last week the was the first drone attack in Yemen under Trump.

From Reuters news agency today:

Eight-year-old Anwar al-Awlaki … was among the children who died in the raid, according to her grandfather.

“She was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours. Why kill children? This is the new administration – it’s very sad, a big crime,” Nasser al-Awlaki told Reuters.

‘Trump’s first raid in Yemen kills 14 men, 10 women, 3 children & 1 US soldier’, according to this tweet.

Trump, Obama and the future of targeted killing: here.

British government, stop helping Saudi war on Yemen


This video says about itself:

US-made bombs used in Saudi strikes on MSF hospital in Yemen – Amnesty

20 September 2016

The US must halt the shipping of weapons that could be used in the Yemen war, Amnesty International has urged in a new report, citing data that confirmed a US-made explosive was used in an attack on a Yemeni hospital on August 15.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Government to face the courts over Saudi sales

Saturday 28th January 2017

PEACE activists are taking the British government to court over its selling of arms to Saudi Arabia — an act they claim is illegal.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) argues that the government is in breach of its own regulations and acting illegally by granting licences to British arms manufacturers to sell weapons to the bloody monarchy state.

A three day hearing has been scheduled in the High Court from February 7, 8 and 9.

A Saudi-led coalition is currently bombing Yemen, where rebels have overthrown the unpopular Yemeni government.

In December the Gulf state admitted to using British-made cluster bombs, which are illegal under international law, against Yemeni civilians.

A spokesperson for CAAT said: “This landmark action could stop the sale of weapons which are contributing to appalling human suffering in Yemen, and it will expose the government’s entire approach to arms exports — an approach where human rights are sacrificed for arms company profits.

“It shouldn’t take legal action to make the government follow its own rules on arms sales. These rules say that sales should not be allowed when there is a clear risk that the items might be used in violations of international humanitarian law.

“Yet UK jets, bombs and missiles are playing a central role in attacks which have killed more than 10,000 people.”

The SNP also called yesterday for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen and urged the British government to rethink its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh said: “The only way to prevent this unfolding humanitarian disaster deteriorating even further is to agree an immediate ceasefire.”

The UK’s century-long war against Yemen: here.

Saudi government kills Yemenis, British government helps


This 16 August 2016 video is called Yemen: deadly Saudi-led coalition airstrike on MSF hospital kills at least 11.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

CAAT: investigate British complicity in Yemen war crimes

Friday 13th January 2016

PARLIAMENT must support an independent probe into the government’s complicity in war crimes in Yemen, campaigners told MPs yesterday.

Labour international development select committee chairman Stephen Twigg said such an investigation is “long overdue” as he bemoaned the “glacial” progress made by Saudi Arabia on its own investigations.

Britain has licensed over £3.3 billion worth of arms to Saudi forces since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015.

Committee on arms exports controls chair Chris White said there is an “urgent need” for Britain to suspend sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia until a UN investigation into alleged breaches of humanitarian law is completed.

The Tory MP warned that if ministers fail to do so, Britain risks damaging its international reputation.

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) said: “The UK government has been complicit in the destruction of Yemen and the humanitarian catastrophe that has been forced upon the Yemeni people.

“Parliament must stand with those caught in the middle of the devastating conflict and support an international investigation into the human rights abuses that are taking place.

“For any investigation to be credible then it must be independent. The government has relied on investigations and evidence provided by the Saudi-led coalition itself.

“This is a regime that has a proven contempt for human rights. If it cannot be trusted to hold free and fair elections then how can it be trusted to investigate itself for war crimes?”

British arms sales to Saudi Arabia are currently subject to a judicial review which will be heard in the High Court between February 7 and 9 following an application by CAAT.

The claim calls on the government to suspend all extant licences and stop issuing further arms export licences to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen while it holds a full review into whether the exports are compatible with British and EU law.

British government helps whitewashing Saudi war crimes in Yemen: here.

No food, no medicine, no money, no world support: Yemenis faces mass death by starvation: here.

Saudi royal air force keeps killing civilians in Yemen


This video says about itself:

Refugees fleeing war in Yemen struggle in war-torn Somalia

17 August 2015

Thousands of Yemeni and Somali refugees still make their way across the gulf to Somalia. It’s a war that forced them to flee from one warring country to another, and the weak and vulnerable bear the brunt of the conflict. Mohamed Hirmoge reports.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today, about Yemen:

The Saba news agency reported yesterday that two Yemeni civilians and an African had been killed on the road from Bab al-Mandab to Moca in a coalition attack by a US made Apache helicopter.

Air strikes on Sanaa also resumed on Sunday following the failed offensive [by Saudi coalition invasive forces].

Yemeni graffiti artist palliates wounds of Saudi war


Dirty Legacy: graffiti art by Murad Subay

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Banksy‘ of Yemen: with my graffiti I want to cover up bullet holes in walls

Today, 10:00

If you’re walking down the street in Sanaa, capital of Yemen, you can not ignore the works of the ‘Banksy of Yemen’. The buildings may be destroyed by all the bombing, but they are not ugly: on the walls is still the graffiti art of Murad Subay.

“When in 2011 the war began, it broke many hearts,” Murad tells the NOS. “But not only hearts were broken, also houses and streets. At that moment I decided to go on the road and to start making graffiti art. I wanted to cover up the ugliness of the war. To make the bullet holes disappear into the wall. I succeeded in that through graffiti.”

Some works by Murad are purely artistic, others have political overtones. The artist invites residents of Sanaa also to help with the artwork. “So people can make their voices heard and express their opinion about the war. Art is not just entertainment, it can be used for so much more stuff. Art gives a voice and provides communication, especially if people can see it so clearly in the street.”

Graffiti by Murad Subay

Drawing

The 29-year-old Murad lives with his parents, three sisters and four brothers in a house in Sanaa. He studied English and got his diploma in 2012.

“I started drawing when I was 13. My parents encouraged me, and thus I could teach myself a lot of things. In 2012 I made my first graffiti work, resulting in a campaign so I could make work all across Sanaa.”

The war has changed a lot, he adds. “It has so much effect on me. On all people.” Murad cites the shortage of basic necessities such as electricity and water, and the economic consequences of the war.

“These things have a big impact on me personally, but also on my work. It is no longer possible to travel freely in Yemen. It is also sometimes far too dangerous to be on the street to make the work.” …

Graffiti by Murad Subay

Murad has already gained much fame in Yemen, he is also called the ‘Banksy of Yemen’. “Banksy is a great artist, a genius. My work resembles that by him because we use the same technique. But the way we work is different,” Murad says.

“I want to involve as many people as possible in my art. If I make a work of art and people walk past, then I invite them always to help me and give their opinion. This allows us to launch a political debate in a non-violent way.”