Yemen: a New Year with More Saudi bombings

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By: Leandro Albani / Source: El Furgón / The Dawn News / January 4, 2017

The invasion unleashed against Yemen in March 2015 by Saudi Arabia doesn’t seem to have an end and its aftermath is seen every day. The monarchy of the Saud family, now “renewed” with the new Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS), won’t make a truce with the Yemeni population that is suffering from a permanent humanitarian crisis. MBS, who is around 30 years old, is presented as the renovation in the political and religious spheres for a conservative and ultra orthodox system and as a breath of fresh air for the Saudi economy, which is based exclusively in petroleum sales and in enormous expenses on behalf of a caste that rules the country with an iron fist since 1932.

The plan Vision 2030 presented by the Crown Prince is basically a turn inside the capitalist system that rules in Saudi Arabia and which attempts to liberate a rusty and distressed economy. Encouraging tourism, intervening in investment funds and -through an international scandal- shaking the corruption nest of the dozens of multimillionaire princes and sheikhs, are some of the points of a financial program that seek to modernize the Saudi capitalism and clean the face of a regime that doesn’t tolerate any dissidence.

At the same time, MBS is the chief strategist of the invasion of Yemen, which had as a consequence a considerable setback of Saudi’s finances and the stagnation of the military forces of the royal family. Despite the indiscriminate slaughter produced by the bombings, Saudi Arabia had no real capability to advance on the Yemeni territory, and its circumstantial allies -like former president Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadiy Ali Abdullah Saleh- didn’t fulfill their function as a launching point to defeat the Ansorala Movement and the powerful tribe of the Houthis, who besides controlling a great part of the country, gave strong blows to the enemy troops along with the Yemeni army.

Unable to solve the conflict in Yemen, generated by Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince, the Saud monarchy moves forward and intensifies the military attacks:

-On January 1, 23 Yemeni people died as a result of Saudi bombings against the Al-Yarahi district, in the port province of Al-Hudayda in the west of the country. At the same time, dozens of people were hurt by the attacks carried out by Saudi fighters against a gas station, a market and a farm in the middle of Al-Yarahi.

-On December 31 of the past year, at least 20 Yemeni people were murdered by Saudi aerial attacks against a residential zone in Al-Hudayda. The bombs were directed against 3 civilian cars near a restaurant in Al-Yarahi.

-On December 30, combat planes also bombarded a farm in Al-Hudayda, in where at least 10 Yemeni women died.

-By the end of 2017, HispanTV spread a report elaborated by the Legal Center for Rights and Development of Yemen, which unveils that the Saudi invasion left a death toll of 13.603 people while 21.812 were injured up until then.

Barely four days before the end of 2017, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) issued a warning on the critical situation that Yemeni children are living.

According to the representative of Unicef in Yemen, Meritxell Relaño, 2017 was the worst year for the children of the country. The numbers unveiled by Relaño are horrifying: 7 million minor children suffer from starvation and famine and more than 900 thousand suffer from cholera. the representative of Unicef also warned that only in December of 2017, more than 80 children were wounded or killed due to armed conflicts, cholera or malnutrition. This is added to the fact that some communities in the country are no longer receiving supplies, medical assistance and humanitarian attention services.

Relaño assured that “the levels of poverty in the families have come to unsustainable levels”. And confirmed that if urgent and concrete measures are not taken, the current situation will intensify, causing more deaths. Relaño reminded that in Yemen around 22 million people are in need of humanitarian help.

In repeated occasions, the United Nations (UN) denounced that the military campaign of Saudi Arabia destroyed a great part of the infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, while taking thousands of people’s lives.

On December 30, the World Health Organization, Unicef and the World Food Programme demanded the end of the invasion of Yemen since it provokes “an unimaginable human suffering”.

“We have surpassed the milestone of the 1000 days of war in Yemen. As violence increased in the last days, children and families keep dying in attacks and bombings“, denounced the agencies of the UN in a joint communique.

In the statement, the international organisms detailed that 75% of the population needs humanitarian assistance, the 60% of the Yemeni people suffers from food insecurity and 16 million don’t have access to safe drinking water nor to adequate sanitary installations. “Yemen has passed the point of no return and has gone from the quick decline of a crisis to catastrophe that deepens”, reads the communiqué.

While Saudi Arabia keeps devastating Yemen, mass media and many governments of the world strive to present Mohamed Bin Salman as a “hope for modernization” for the most bloody monarchy of the Persian Gulf. The only irrefutable truth until now, is that in hands of the young Crown Prince there is only Yemeni blood.

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