(GPA) Yemen – Over the past few days, Saudi Arabia has been pounding Yemen with airstrikes. Particularly in Sana’a and the contested city of Taiz. They have reportedly still been using cluster bombs as recently as last week.
According to local reports, the recent Saudi airstrikes have targeted everything from schools, to fishing boats and farms. A plastic factory was also hit several times.
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— Qasim Al-Shawea (@qasimalshawea) December 28, 2016
— Ahmad Algohbary (@AhmadAlgohbary) December 29, 2016
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Cluster bombs are also still being used.
— Ahmad Algohbary (@AhmadAlgohbary) December 25, 2016
While the Saudis will swear up and down that they do not target civilian areas, there is increasing evidence to suggest that their intentions aren’t just to kill civilians, but make any survivors completely dependent on imports for survival. Martha Mundy, emeritus professor at the London School of Economics says the data “is beginning to show that in some regions, the Saudis are deliberately striking at agricultural infrastructure in order to destroy the civil society” … “According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, 2.8 per cent of Yemen’s land is cultivated, to hit that small amount of agricultural land, you have to target it.”
Mundy’s October suggestion is ringing truer by the day as the Saudi coalition continues to target any areas that give Yemen some sustainability like fishing boats and factories. Furthermore, just today, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faleh met with his Yemeni counterpart to discuss bilateral cooperation of electricity. Meaning in the future– if Saudi-backed forces are victorious– Yemen could be dependent on Saudi Arabia for their energy. Either way, the land, infrastructure, and resources will be destroyed.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi is an American geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen and Lebanon.