Will Saudi warmongers kill millions of Yemenis?

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Amnesty International Reveals the Bomb That Killed 16 Civilians in Yemen Was Made in the U.S.A.

22 September 2017

A major new investigation by Amnesty International reveals a bomb that killed 16 civilians in Yemen’s capital last month was made in the U.S.A. Among the survivors was 5-year-old Buthaina, whose photograph went viral in the aftermath of the strike. She lost her entire family in the strike.

Amnesty International’s arms expert analyzed remnants of the weapon and found clear markings that matched U.S.-made components used in laser-guided, air-dropped bombs. Coalition airstrikes continue to be the leading cause of child casualties, as well as overall civilian casualties. The latest finding by Amnesty comes as some European Union countries recently tabled a motion at the U.N. Human Rights Council calling for an independent inquiry into human rights abuses committed by all sides in the conflict. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights has called the humanitarian crisis in Yemen an “entirely man-made catastrophe.” We speak with Raed Jarrar, the advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA.

By Niles Niemuth in the USA:

US-backed Saudi war and blockade puts millions of lives at risk in Yemen

18 November 2017

The heads of the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the World Food Program (WFP) released a joint statement Thursday demanding the immediate lifting of the Saudi blockade of Yemen, warning that it is putting millions of lives at risk in the poorest country in the Arab world.

On November 6, Saudi Arabia dramatically escalated its nearly three-year war against Yemen by implementing the total blockade of all seaports, airspace and land crossings into the country. The move came in supposed response to the firing of a single missile from Yemen which was shot down near Riyadh’s international airport.

The blockade is a war crime being carried out in direct violation of Article 33 of the Geneva Conventions, adopted in the aftermath of World War II, which bars the collective punishment of civilians. According to a confidential brief obtained by the Intercept, UN experts believe that Saudi Arabia is deliberately blocking the delivery of aid without any legal justification.

Amid calls to lift the blockade, Saudi’s ambassador to the UN facetiously announced that ports and airports controlled by coalition backed forces would be reopened, meaning that an overwhelming majority of the country remains under blockade. Hodeida, the port through which 80 percent of humanitarian aid enters the country, is still controlled by the Houthis and therefore remains blocked from receiving shipments of any kind.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WFP Executive Director David Beasley warned that “untold thousands” will die without access to crucial life-saving medicines, vaccines and food supplies. Even before the crushing blockade was put in place, Yemen was suffering from the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

“The clock is ticking and stocks of medical, food and other humanitarian supplies are already running low,” they warned. “The cost of this blockade is being measured in the number of lives that are lost.”

Their statement reviewed the catastrophe which has resulted from the daily war crimes being carried out by Saudi Arabia with the full backing of the US government. These crimes have been passed over in almost complete silence by the Western press.

Nearly the entire population of Yemen, 20 million out of 28 million people, are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, 11 million of those in need are children, and nearly 15 million are without any access to basic health care.

Approximately 17 million people do not know where their next meal will come from, and 7 million are totally dependent on food aid to avoid starvation. Some 400,000 children are on the verge of death from starvation, suffering from acute malnutrition. Without treatment 150,000 malnourished children will die in the coming months.

The international aid organization Save the Children reported this week that 50,000 Yemeni children have already died from extreme hunger or disease this year, with more than 130 dying every single day.

The Saudi monarchy, leading a coalition of other Sunni Persian Gulf monarchies with the support of the United States, has been waging a brutal war against Yemen for nearly three years in an effort to push back Houthi rebels and allied forces who seized control of the capital city, Sanaa, in early 2015.

Saudi coalition fighter jets have carried out an unrelenting campaign of bombing, destroying hospitals, schools, marketplaces, factories, ports and residential neighborhoods as well as crucial electrical and water infrastructure. This campaign has been facilitated by refueling flights, targeting information and other logistical support provided by the United States military, first under Obama and now Trump.

So far, the Saudi onslaught has directly killed more than 12,000, over half of them civilians. Approximately 3 million have been displaced.

The destruction of Yemen’s infrastructure and the collapse of its health system has led to the worst cholera outbreak in modern history, with nearly 1 million suspected cases since late last year. More than 2,000 people have died from the waterborne disease, which is easily treatable with access to medication and clean water.

While the number of newly reported cases of cholera has recently been waning, the Red Cross warned Friday that fuel shortages caused by the blockade have put nearly 1 million people in the cities of Hodeida, Saada and Taiz at risk of contracting the disease.

An outbreak of diphtheria, a bacterial infection that is easily preventable with proper vaccination, has already claimed 14 lives. While the disease has been almost entirely eradicated worldwide, it now threatens the lives of 1 million children in Yemen as vaccine shipments have been blocked from entering the country.

The Saudi monarchy claims that the Houthis are being funded and armed by Iran, a charge with Tehran has repeatedly denied. Nonetheless, the war is seen by the Saudis and their backers in Washington as a crucial effort to block the emergence of Iran as challenge to Saudi and American dominance over the Arabian Peninsula and the wider Middle East.

Of particular importance to Washington is the fact that Yemen borders the Bab al Mandab strait, a geopolitical choke point through which much of the world’s oil shipments must flow.

On Monday, the US House of Representatives passed a nonbinding resolution 366-30 acknowledging the already well-known fact that the US is facilitating the war in Yemen without any congressional authorization. The House resolution will do nothing to ease the suffering of millions of Yemeni men, women and children.

Introduced by Democratic Representative Ro Khanna, the resolution grimly pledged support for Saudi efforts to “improve their targeting capabilities” and specifically condemned Iran. The resolution also reaffirmed the United States’ right to patrol the Bab el Mandab strait and wage war in Yemen under the threadbare guise of the war on terror against Al Qaeda and ISIS.

While a handful of Democratic representatives and senators, including Khanna and Senator Chris Murphy, have postured as critics of the Trump administration’s support for the Saudi slaughter in Yemen, the Democrats have no fundamental opposition to the war, supporting every war initiated or expanded by former President Obama, including in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia’s monarchy is bombing Yemen, locking up domestic rivals and stirring up trouble in Lebanon, while a slow-burning confrontation continues against Qatar which could split the Gulf Cooperation Council, says Paul Cochrane: here.


United States supporting Saudis’ Yemen war illegal, Congress says

This video says about itself:

28 September 2017

Conflict and Cholera: A new threat is devastating Yemen‘s population. The largest cholera outbreak in the world, intensified by the Saudi blockade against the country, adds another danger to this humanitarian crisis.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

SAUDI WAR IN YEMENUS House of Representatives insists US military assistance illegal

THE US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution clearly stating that US military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war against neighbouring Yemen is not authorised under legislation passed by Congress to fight terrorism or to invade Iraq.

The House adopted the nonbinding resolution by a 366-30 vote on Monday. In a rare exercise, the House publicly acknowledged the Pentagon has been sharing targeting information and refuelling warplanes that Saudi Arabia and its allies are using in its war of aggression against the impoverished nation.

The resolution states that US military operations are partly authorised to fight only al-Qaeda and other allied terrorist groups in Yemen, but not Houthi fighters. ‘To date,’ the resolution says, ‘Congress has not enacted specific legislation authorising the use of military force against parties participating in the Yemeni civil war that are not otherwise subject to the 2001 Authorisation for Use of Military Force or the 2003 AUMF in Iraq.’

The House vote is being seen as a key victory for members of both Democratic and Republican parties who believe only Congress has the power to authorise US military operations overseas. The US government’s support for Saudi Arabia in its brutal war against Yemen is unconstitutional, House Representative Ro Khanna – a Democrat – has said.

‘What our military is not authorised to do is assist the Saudi Arabian regime in fighting the Houthis,’ said Khanna, who co-sponsored the resolution with Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) on the House floor. In many cases, the Saudis have aligned with al-Qaeda to fight the Houthis, undermining our very counter-terrorism operations.’

‘I’ve said for years we should sunset the 2001 AUMF,’ added Representative Eliot Engel of New York, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. ‘We never intended it to be a blank cheque.’

Khanna, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has been urging Congress to exert more oversight of US military operations abroad. He argues that American involvement in the war in Yemen requires Congressional authorisation under the War Powers Act.

‘I don’t believe our security cooperation with the Saudis triggers War Powers,’ House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said. ‘But just because it does not arise under that particular statute, does not make it immune from our scrutiny.’

Last month, Khanna and three other representatives introduced a resolution under the War Powers Act, which gives Congress 15 days to vote on Washington’s involvement in the devastating war which has killed over 12,000 Yemeni civilians since it began in March 2015. Approved in 1973, the War Powers Act is intended to check the president’s power to commit America to armed conflicts without Congressional consent.

This isn’t the first time Saudi Arabia has threatened the stability of Lebanon. Saad Hariri said that on returning to Lebanon, he would confirm his ‘resignation’ in accordance with the country’s constitution. But how on earth did he think he could ‘shock’ Lebanon by resigning in the Saudi capital of Riyadh? By Robert Fisk.

Senate hearing considers threat of an unprovoked US nuclear war: here.

Lebanon’s prime minister, a prisoner in Saudi Arabia?

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6 November 2017

The Saudi power struggle hits the Arab world’s poorest country | News News

A Yemeni girl carries wood as a Houthi militiaman keeps watch Sunday at the site of an alleged Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa. (Yahya Arhab/European Pressphoto Agency/EFE/Rex/Shutterstock)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s apparent consolidation of power risks exacerbating an already catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting a rebel group … for more than two years. On Sunday, shortly after carrying out a purge of royal cousins and other high-ranking officials, an emboldened crown prince announced that the coalition would forcibly close all of Yemen’s ground, air and sea ports.

The move came after the Houthi militia fired a ballistic missile at the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The Saudi-led coalition had already restricted access to Yemen’s ports, but a full closure has long been feared as a potential trigger for widespread starvation. A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 2015 after the Houthis took control of the capital city of Sanaa. Since then, the coalition has destroyed much of Yemen’s economy and infrastructure. Mohammed is widely seen as the architect of the coalition’s offensive in Yemen.

Around 7 million Yemenis are now on the brink of famine, according to aid agencies, and 10 million more do not know where they will get their next meal. Cholera is spreading uncontrollably, with more than 800,000 cases reported and fears that the number will cross a million by year’s end. More than 10,000 civilians have been killed, many by coalition airstrikes. “The idea of even more restrictions in Yemen is a cause for major concern,” said Scott Paul, a senior humanitarian policy adviser at Oxfam who has worked in Yemen. “This could be a blip, but it could also be a sea change.”

By James Tweedie:

Lebanon demands former PM’s return

Saturday 11th November 2017

Suspicions grow that Saudis are keeping Hariri prisoner

LEBANON’S government demanded the return of former prime minister Saad Hariri yesterday as suspicions grew that he is being held prisoner in the kingdom.

The call came as Saudi, Kuwaiti and Bahraini citizens began flying out of Lebanon following Thursday’s orders from their governments.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun summoned Saudi charge d’affaires Walid al-Bukhari to the presidential palace yesterday.

He said Mr Hariri’s extraordinary resignation, announced on television from the Saudi capital on Saturday, was “unacceptable” and urged him to return.

Foreign Minister Jibran Bassil tweeted: “Today we demand the return to the nation of our Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

“We paid a heavy price to elect a president and a premier who represent us,” he wrote. “We chose our representatives and we are the ones to decide whether to remove them or not.”

Mr Hariri’s own Future Movement party also called on him to return “to restore the internal and external balance of Lebanon” in a statement read out by former prime minister Fouad Siniora on Thursday.

That was after Mr Hariri’s plane returned from Riyadh without him.

Saudi Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan warned Beirut on Monday that it would be “declaring war” on the kingdom if the Shi’ite Hezbollah movement, an ally of Iran, was not excluded from the unity government that Mr Hariri formed last year.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s office claimed yesterday that the French and US ambassadors to Saudi Arabia had seen Mr Hariri, who “says he is not a prisoner, the prince [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman] says he is not a prisoner.”

Mr Macron flew from the neighbouring United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia in Thursday night to meet the crown prince, who only received the title from King Salman in June.

Before the French president left, he echoed unproven Saudi and US claims that the Yemeni ballistic missile that hit Riyadh airport on Saturday had been supplied by Iran.

France, the US and Britain all supply arms to countries in the Saudi-led coalition that has been bombing Yemen since early 2015. British officers also train Saudi troops and help direct the war from the country’s command centre.

Amid the eruption of an open confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, French President Emmanuel Macron suddenly decided on November 9, amid an official visit to Abu Dhabi, to visit Saudi Arabia for talks. In Abu Dhabi, Macron had, among other official activities, visited a military base from which French warplanes bomb targets in Iraq and Syria, in order to announce further military operations: here.

What Craziness Is Going On in Saudi Arabia? Here.

The recent mass arrests in Saudi Arabia combined with the kidnapping of Lebanon’s prime minister, the escalation of the war against Yemen and Riyadh’s charge that both Iran and Lebanon have “declared war” against it point to an immense regional crisis that threatens to erupt into a wider conflict: here.

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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