Sana’a (GPA) – Saudi Arabia and the United States rang in the New Year by massacring nearly 30 civilians in a series of air raids in Yemen’s Hodeidah province.
Three separate attacks took place in a small area striking a busy market, car, and gas station. 28 civilians lost their lives and 10 more were injured. 23 of the murders took place at the market.
Rescue workers are struggling to identify all the victims due to body parts being scattered throughout the areas of the attacks. These casualty figures are not final and the number is expected to increase as workers continue digging through the rubble.
US-backed Raids in Yemen
Saudi Arabia and the US have intensified their coordinated air strikes since the death of late Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Just days ago on December 30th, airstrikes murdered over 34 people in Hodeidah. During the previous week, over 200 people were killed and injured in a number of aerial terror attacks from Riyadh.
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.
Photos courtesy Ansarullah Media Center.
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