Yemen: A Saudi-Led Human Tragedy

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While UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has taken Saudi Arabia off the list of crimes committed against children, this country is using munitions like the banned cluster bombs provided by the US and UK against innocent Yemeni civilians.

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Narration: Medieval architecture of Bab al Yemen and the old city, Sana’a

Yemenis inspect the site of air strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition

The Remains of a military hospital in East Sana'a

Yemenis gather around the remains after a U.S. cluster bomb attack, While this goes on inside the hospital.

A powerful blast: the detonation of a conventional bomb, or something much bigger? It was much bigger, and it fell under Operation decisive storm. A Saudi-led operation: officially to have entered its second year. Start date: March 2015.

A vast array of military equipment and ammo being used: bombs dropping on one of the weakest nations in the world: US and Uk providing a bulk of the military hardware. Combined, the US and UK have sold over 10,000 of these bombs, from surface to air missiles to 2000 pound bombs, to laser guided bombs. And let's not forget the banned cluster bombs, which do this.

Cluster bombs can be dropped from an aircraft. They open in mid-air dispensing hundreds of sub-munitions or bomblets over an area roughly the size of a football field and causing immense destruction. The sub-munitions often fail to explode on impact and thus pose a serious threat to civilian population especially children. Five members of the coalition are known to have stockpiled cluster munitions: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. The US, the UK and Brazil to have provided them with these bombs.

UK arms sales to the Saudi 's: the highest after the Americans: close to 3 billion pounds since the bombing campaign started. Thanks to the UK and US intervention al Qaeda now has a mini-state in Yemen make it look like the ISIL in Iraq.

The rise of Al Qaeda in Yemen due to the Saudi led war: from Aden, along the coast line to Ash Shihr. It is no coincidence that these terrorists have expanded their activities in this region: Aden is where the so-called Saudi-backed government is, hence Al Qaeda's support base.

Militant economy: Reuters description of the rise of al-Qaida: interesting choice of words. Al Qaeda's funds: stolen bank money. Extortion: $1.4 million from Yemen's national oil company. And here's where "militant economy" applies: The terrorist group earns up to $2 million every day in taxes on goods and fuel coming into the port, under the watchful eye of the so-called Saudi-backed government of Hadi, and Saudi Arabia. It's Yemen, vs. the world.

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Narration: These are the grim statistics of the Saudi-led war: 9,400 CIVILIANS KILLED, 6 Children killed or maimed daily, with 60% Of the casualties caused by Saudi-led airstrikes, 21.2 million Or 4 out of 5 are in need of humanitarian assistance, 5.3 million more than before the start of the Saudi-led war. Meanwhile, 7.6 million are at risk of starvation, 14.1 million Lack access to adequate health care, 600 Health facilities have closed, and 63 Health facilities attacked.

The UN needed to react to these facts, and it did. 2015 “Children and Armed Conflict”: reported. Amongst other revelations: it attributed 60 percent of the 785 children killed and 1,168 injured to the bombing coalition.

SOUNDBITE [English] Abdallah al-Mouallimi, Saudi Ambassador to the UN: “I agree with this secretary general that on due pressure on our conditions is unacceptable and ondue pressure was not exercised so we have an agreement on that. He stands by the report? That’sfine as long as the conclusions are not the way they were and the conclusions have now beenchanged and if he stands by the report and till the further information is provided that’s up to him.”

SOUNDBITE [English] Stephane Dujarric, UN Spokesperson: “You know I think it is at every attack against civilians; every attack against civilians’ infrastructure that the secretary general has spoken out forcefully has condemned and is always called for investigation.”

Narration: And almost as soon as the report was issued

SOUNDBITE [English] Adel al- Jubeir, Saudi Foreign Minister: “What we have seen in Yemen in the last two months is a substantial reduction military operations by the co-evolution because we want to move towards a critical settlement where you see military operations as where is a direct threat or the threat involve ballistic missiles but other thanthat the military operation of the co-evolutions have substantially subsided.”

Narration: The U.N. Chief Admits He Removed Saudi Arabia from Child-Killer List Due to Extortion.

SOUNDBITE [English] Ban ki-moon, UN Secretary General: “My latest report on children in armed conflict has documented the heroin situation of Yemen’s children. There has been furious reaction to my decision to temporarily remove the Saudi leader co-evolution countries from the report’s annex. This was, this was one of the most painful and difficult decisions I have had to make.”

SOUNDBITE [English] News reader: UN diplomats who spoke with Reuters on condition of anonymity said it was put on quote; real blackmail involving, bullying, threats and pressure.”

SOUNDBITE [English] Abdallah al-Mouallimi, Saudi Ambassador to the UN: We did not exercise pressure or intimidation. We made our point clear, we made it firmly. We said this cannot be accepted and we will not allow it to be accepted, to stand because we think it is wrong. It is wrong in the terms of the procedures, it is wrong in the terms of the conclusions. Now how did the Secretary-General feel about that, that’s up to him to evaluate.”

Narration: A tidal wave of criticisms leveled against the UN, best summed up by Human Rights watch: The UN Secretary General's office hit a new by caving in to brazen pressure from Saudi Arabia. Yemen's children deserve better. As the UN list of shame gives way to political manipulation, it loses credibility and taints the Secretary-General's legacy on human rights.

SOUNDBITE [English] Stephane Dujarric, UN Spokesperson: The decision to take them of is obviously is as we’ve said is pending. We will review the information that they will provide and we’re waiting for them to provide us information.”

Narration: The failure of all sides: that sums up this Saudi war, because the world has failed the Yemenis. But this is a calculated war, not by the Saudis, but by the Americans. The Saudis could never initiate this war if they did not have the backing of the US, who is helping with the refueling, logistics, and intelligence. The Saudi's wanted to project their strength for the region in particular to Iran, which is why Israel has also supported the war. But their inability to win the war has magnified their weakness, which may eventually put itself in danger, a move which will also put their interests at risk in Syria, and beyond.

   

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