Sana’a (GPA) – Yemen’s maritime forces captured an autonomous spy drone belonging to the Saudi coalition on Sunday.
Yemeni forces discovered the American-made drone off Yemen’s western coast. Upon inspection, Yemen’s Naval Defense determined the drone was a REMUS 600 autonomous underwater vehicle manufactured in the United States.
Technology on the marine robot includes cameras, scanning, acoustic monitoring, GPS, and WiFi capabilities.
Yemen’s Sana’a-based government has rapidly expanded their defense capabilities during the course of the Saudi-led war which began in March of 2015. In October, Yemen’s naval forces revealed advanced training capabilities. The following month they revealed domestically produced marine missiles for defending Yemen’s coastline.
The Saudi coalition has increased their terror attacks in the coastal province of Hodeidah as they attempt to retake territory from Yemen’s resistance. Massacres from airstrikes take place on a near daily basis killing dozens of civilians in markets and homes.
This war would not be possible without military assistance and weapons from the United States. It’s safe to assume that nearly all bombs dropped on civilians in Yemen are manufactured in the United States and other western countries.
In early December, US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, condemned the launch of a Yemeni missile targeting the King Khalid Airport. No civilians were injured in this attack. However, over 13,000 civilians in Yemen have died due to US-manufactured bombs and other weapons.
Far from being a mere ally, the United States has troops stationed in Yemen assisting Saudi and Emirati-backed forces. The US also provides intelligence support to Riyadh for locating airstrike targets. This means that Washington is directly complicit in carrying out war crimes against civilians in Yemen.
Saudi airstrikes in Yemen typically target homes, markets, factories, hospitals, cars, and more. Double taps are also common when additional strikes attack ambulances, reporters, and rescuers. It’s hard to believe attacks on homes and markets are an accident when they continue to attack rescue workers entering the scene.
In addition to military force, tens of thousands more have died as a result of the ongoing siege and blockade which restricts land, sea, and air imports, exports, and flow of movement. Nearly 8 million Yemenis face famine and another 17 million face food insecurity. Medical supplies are scarce which gives people with chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer a death sentence.
Several thousand have died due to a cholera outbreak which infected roughly one million since April of 2017.
In December, media pundits praised US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for asking Riyadh to lift the blockade. The reality is that the US and France both support the Saudi war. The US helps enforce the blockade through naval support.
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