Sana’a (GPA) – US-backed Saudi warplanes carried out yet another terror attack against civilians in Yemen on Tuesday. This comes as Riyadh conducts minimal damage control to polish the image of their aggression against Yemen.
Airstrikes targeted a displaced family’s home in Yemen’s Hajjah province this week. According to official numbers, at least three were killed in the attack: a husband and wife along with their young daughter. Rescuers found body parts strewn throughout the rubble.
Ambulance crews and media personnel are often reluctant to enter the scene immediately following an air raid due to Riyadh’s “double tap” policy which involves circling back around to target first responders and surviving victims.
Repeated Attacks on Displaced People and Innocent Civilians
This isn’t the first time US-backed warplanes have targeted displaced men, women, and children. In early August, Saudi airstrikes attacked a van full of displaced people fleeing the coalition’s airstrikes and invasion of Hodeidah province.
In April, Saudi coalition airstrikes targeted a refugee camp killing seven children including what appeared to be at least one infant. This — along with the illegal blockade — are part and parcel of the US-backed coalition’s policy to strike terror in the heart of Yemenis and deteriorate morale.
The Saudi-imposed and US-enforced blockade allows Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to utilize starvation and disease as weapons of war. The consequences? 22 million Yemenis (of a total 29 million) require immediate humanitarian aid to avoid famine and starvation. Over 1 million Yemenis became infected with cholera last year and numbers have started to surge again.
Facing backlash from a United Nations body for the first time in over three years, Saudi Arabia has started carrying out minimal damage control. Responding to an independent investigation from a panel of experts, Saudi defense minister Osaiker Alotaibi admitted to “certain unintentional mistakes in a number of these operations.”
Riyadh has also pumped $200 million into Yemen’s crashing economy to avoid total collapse. The economy would not be crashing were it not for the Saudi-imposed blockade which cripples both the private and public sector business. Earlier this week, the Yemeni rial plummeted with over 800 rials equaling 1 US dollar.
A recent report from an independent UN team of experts investigated a handful of crimes against civilians in Yemen. The report suggests that the use of precision-guided missiles combined with double-tap airstrikes concludes that the bombs did, in fact, reach their intended targets of women and children.
In August, Saudi airstrikes targeted a bus full of children on their way to summer camp killing at least 40 children and 11 others. Riyadh initially proudly defended the attack as a legitimate military action. Also in August, coalition warplanes targeted a fish market in Hodeidah and subsequently struck the entrance to the hospital as rescuers rushed to save lives.
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Three and a Half Years of Terror and Still No Accountability
Although the UN report assigns clear perpetrators and victims (the coalition and Yemeni civilians, respectively), the aggressors have yet to be held accountable for massacres they carried out over two years ago. In fact, no steps are even being taken to halt their source of weapons and military equipment.
The report also fails to mention anything about the devastating blockade which has killed tens of thousands more than the airstrikes. This is due to the lack of medical supplies, food, staple goods, and fuel — pregnant women and children as well as the injured, elderly, and chronically ill are most at risk.
Head of Sana’a’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, sent a letter to the United Nations this week proposing a concrete plan for not only delivering aid to needy families but improving their overall economic condition. Al-Houthi’s proposal involves setting up a bank account for each family to bypass the siege while ensuring the safety of humanitarian workers on the ground.
Aid workers in Yemen have frequently ended up on the wrong end of Saudi airstrikes. Just this week, Doctors without Borders closed yet another location in Yemen after Saudi mercenaries targeted the building with explosives.
The United Nations has not yet responded to al-Houthi’s proposal.
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