Sana’a (GPA) – Saudi Arabia carried out so many terror attacks with Washington’s support the past few days that Geopolitics Alert is having trouble tallying all the incidents. Of course, the recent United Nations Security Council meeting did not address these genocidal attacks and instead chose to focus on rallying support for a war against Iran.
In Hodeidah province today, five young girls between the ages of seven and 15 died after airstrikes targeted a farm in a village north of Hays. Yesterday in Hodeidah, terror strikes killed another four civilians.
In Nehm, US-backed airstrikes murdered a mother and her two sons in their home.
A total of six died and four injured in an attack in Saada — including women and children. In a separate Saada attack, paramedics and news reporters had to flee as Riyadh carried out double-tap strikes on a civilian home while rescuers and news personnel entered the scene. This raid left 19 people dead and wounded including one paramedic.
These airstrike terror attacks killed dozens — nearly 40 — the past two days in various Yemeni provinces.
No Mention in UNSC of Saudi War Crimes in Yemen
The timing of these attacks is particularly heinous. On Monday, the United Kingdom proposed a resolution in the United Nations Security Council blaming Iran for supporting so-called “terror activities” in Yemen. Although the measure did not pass due to a veto from Russia, 11 out of 15 members supported its content. China and Kazakhstan abstained while Bolivia voted against the resolution.
If passed, this resolution could open the door to a NATO-led war against Iran. Russia instead proposed a counter resolution which upholds the devastating sanctions against Yemen but removes any mention of Iran. The UNSC approved this measure unanimously. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, backed up this possibility threatening “unilateral action” against the Islamic Republic.
“If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the U.S. and our partners need to take action on our own. If we’re not going to get action on the council then we have to take our own actions,” Haley told reporters.
Disturbingly (although not shockingly), the UNSC did not address Saudi Arabia’s war crimes and genocidal behavior in Yemen.
The UNSC also did not mention Ansarullah’s recently submitted six-point reconciliation plan.
Covering Their Own War Crimes
The UK resolution was a clear attempt to skirt the West’s own war crimes in Yemen.
Far from a mere passive observer, the United States provides both military and intelligence support to Emirati and Saudi-backed forces. Saudi airstrikes and ground operations have killed and injured over 35,000 people in the past three years.
US forces provide intelligence support for selecting airstrike targets. Riyadh’s airstrike campaign frequently targets markets, homes, cars, media crews, farms, factories, prisons, and even ambulance crews entering bomb sites. This affirms Washington’s direct participation in gruesome war crimes and arguably genocide against the Yemeni people.
United States Navy ships enforce the siege and blockade throughout the Red Sea by prohibiting aid and cargo ships from docking in resistance-held territory such as Hodeidah port. (It’s also worth mentioning that Saudi airstrikes destroyed the port’s cranes a while back.)
Over eight million Yemenis face direct famine due to the land, air, and sea blockade which severely restricts food, aid, salaries, flow of movement, and vital medical supplies. Saudi Arabia demanded the closure of Yemen’s main airport in Sana’a and subsequently destroyed its infrastructure.
The United States also helped the United Arab Emirates operate 18 black site detention centers and flood the country with foreign mercenaries through Blackwater.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi Nord is a US-based geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she started learning about the media’s pivotal role in selling “humanitarian” interventions as a teenager during the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq war. Randi Nord has lived in the Empire’s neoliberal tropical paradise (Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking about Yemen.