Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Saudi Arabia and genocide in Yemen: the dead horse still has legs

Yemen's genocide is reported in many newspapers world-wide.  The United States loses respect, word-wide, as it continues to provide Saudi Arabia with cluster bombs and logistical support.
U.N. Condemns Airstrikes That Killed 106 in Yemen 


The site of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a sewing workshop in Sana, Yemen, in February.CreditMohammed Huwais/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

GENEVA — The top United Nations human rights official condemned the Saudi-led coalition [For information on the participants in the coalition see Members of Saudi-led coalition in Yemen their contributions Business Insider] fighting in Yemen on Friday, citing repeated attacks on civilian targets in airstrikes, including an attack on a crowded village market this week that killed 106 people. 

United Nations officials who went to the site of the attack on Tuesday in Hajjah Province found that airstrikes there had killed 106 people, including 24 children, making them the deadliest episode in the coalition’s yearlong intervention. 

The Saudis are backing the contested government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi against rebels, known as the Houthis, who are aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Saudis have been pressuring the United States for support in the conflict, saying that their archrival, Iran, is backing the Houthis. [An odd and misleading statement.  See comments following 

this article.  For an article in Foreign Affairs Magazine opposing the Saudi clim that Ian backsthe Houthi, see  Iran not to hlame for Yemen] 

United Nations officials recorded the names of 96 people who died in the strikes, and they found 10 more bodies that were burned beyond recognition. An additional 40 people were wounded, “but that may be a low estimate,” said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein. 

The Saudi-led coalition has repeatedly denied striking civilian targets during operations against Houthi rebels and affiliated forces. But United Nations officials said they had found no evidence of any military targets near the scene of the airstrikes, and Mr. al-Hussein said that may amount to a violation of international law.

Indiscriminate attacks by Houthi forces and their allies have also caused civilian casualties and could also qualify as international crimes, he said.

The coalition airstrikes came three weeks after its aircraft bombed another market, this time in a district of Sana, the capital, killing at least 39 civilians. The latest attack pushed the number of civilian casualties to close to 9,000, the United Nations said, with 3,218 killed and 5,778 injured. 

“It would seem that the coalition is responsible for twice as many civilian casualties as all other forces put together,” Mr. al-Hussein said, in a sharp rebuttal of the coalition’s denials. He was alluding not only to Houthis and the militias fighting with them but also to groups backing Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. 

The coalition has “hit markets, hospitals, clinics, schools, factories, wedding parties and hundreds of private residences in villages, towns and cities,” Mr. al-Hussein said, and it continues to do so “with unacceptable regularity.” 

At best, the coalition’s distinction between civilian and military targets was “woefully inadequate,” Mr. al-Hussein added, and “at worst we are possibly looking at the commission of international crimes by the coalition.”

 United States' and Great Britain's contribution to Yemen Genocide.

See Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The United States provided intelligence and logistical support, including search-and-rescue for downed coalition pilots.[7] It also accelerated the sale of weapons to coalition states.[93] US and Britain have deployed their military personnel in the command and control centre responsible for Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, having access to lists of targets.[94][95][96]
The Saudi ambassador to the United Nations, Abdallah al-Mouallim is a businessman, not a professional ambassador. 

Watch as he struggles to defend the indefensible Saudi bombardment of Yemen:

What does Saudi Arabia want for Yemen and Syria?   - Al Jazeera English

Two of the many images of he bombing, on google images:

Images of the thousands of  Yemeni in the Yemen capitol, protesting the bombing, many holding up signs supporting Abudahah Saleh, the billionaire former president  of Yemen, now a principal financier of the Revolution.

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