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“Saudi” air strikes in Yemen cause huge civilian casualties

Crescent International

Has the "Saudi" regime shot itself in the foot by attacking Yemen? Motivated by extreme hatred of Houthis as well as complete paranoia of people getting their legitimate rights, the medieval kingdom has launched air strikes in Yemen causing huge civilian casualties. A number of other oppressive regimes have joined them in this war of aggression. There may be war crimes charges levelled against "Saudi" rulers.

Thursday March 26, 2015, 18:28 DST

Air strikes launched by the “Saudi” regime have resulted in the killing of at least 18 civilians in Sana‘a. This number will definitely rise as more attacks are carried out as they were on Sa‘ada and Taiz today. There was immediate reaction against such brazen foreign aggression against Yemen.

Iran, Russia, China, Syria and Iraq all condemned the attacks. Iran’s Foreign Minister Dr Javad Zarif called on the “Saudi” regime to immediately cease its military aggression against Yemen. He said the air strikes would lead only to greater loss of life. He called for an “urgent dialogue” among the Yemeni factions “without external interference”. Russia was equally scathing in its condemnation of “Saudi” aggression. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said: “Such a scenario cannot lead to the conflict’s settlement by definition.” While China’s condemnation was guarded calling for an end to fighting the European Union was surprisingly strong in its rejection of “Saudi” aggression. The European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini said, “The latest events in Yemen have dramatically worsened the already fragile situation in the country and risk having serious regional consequences.”

The “Saudi” assault is spearheaded by two relatively young princes: Deputy Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef and his even younger cousin, Defence Minister Abd al Aziz bin Salman. Perhaps the pair wants to prove their macho credentials by way of killing Yemeni civilians. The medieval kingdom ruled by Beduoins from Najd has claimed they have the support of 9 other countries. These include Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and five non-GCC members. Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Pakistan have all been mentioned as supporting “Saudi” crimes in Yemen.

The aggression against Yemen is illegal and could potentially lead to war crime charges against “Saudi” rulers. More crucially, “Saudi” air strikes are not likely to dislodge Houthi fighters who have made spectacular gains in Yemen in recent weeks. The so-called legitimate president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has fled the country and has been given refuge in “Saudi” Arabia. What else is new? The “Saudi” regime may have put its hand in hornets’ nest. It misadventure in Yemen is likely to cost it dearly and may even cause the disappearance of the House of Saud.

Yemen is an enormously complicated place with tribal and regional rivalries playing out simultaneously. The “Saudi” regime and their American masters have now openly joined hands with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the takfiri terrorists that use the name Daish (or ISIS or ISIL), all in the quest to defeat the Houthis. This is likely to haunt them in the not so distant future.


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