Date :Friday, November 9th, 2018 | Time : 07:20 |ID: 77119 | Print

Despite Calls For peace, Saudi Arabia Continues Attacks on Yemen

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SHAFAQNA – Tens of thousands of Yemenis have died as a result of the Saudi invasion of Yemen, but it was Khashoggi’s death on October 2, that is finally focusing world attention on Saudi atrocities, and changed attitudes towards the Saudi Arabia-led war. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is facing international pressure after Khashoggi’s story. The United States and Britain, Saudi Arabia’s biggest arms suppliers, are stepping up their pressure for a cease-fire in the Yemen war. But Despite Calls For Cease-Fire, Saudi Arabia Continues Attacks On Yemen.

The Yemen war broke out in 2015. For three years, Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, has been wracked by a bloody war between the Houthi and Saudi-led coalition. The Saudi-led coalition has hit thousands of military targets, but it has also destroyed school buses full of children, farms and crops, fishing boats, roads and bridges, thousands of homes, and dozens of health facilities. Now, some analysts believe that Khashoggi murder ‘tipping point’ in Yemen war.

Some 15,000 Yemenis have so far been killed and thousands more injured as a result of the bloody campaign which has also left a record 22.2 million Yemenis in a dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger, according to UN statistics, press tv reported . But, the world has taken so very long to appreciate the dangerous and inhuman nature of the Saudi Arabian regime, which has been on full display in Yemen.

Khashoggi murder build opposition to Yemen War

In fact, Khashoggi story led human rights activists and journalists all over the world to demand more action from MBS and his government to stop supporting the human rights violations, albawaba told. The gruesome murder of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sparked debate about US and UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia in ways that four years of war in Yemen have failed to do. It is worth remembering, that thousands of Yemeni civilians have been dismembered by UK and US supplies and bombs, and continue to live in fear of air-strikes, independent told .

In fact this situation with Khashoggi is causing reassessment of the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

US has been providing intelligence to the Saudi military fighting in Yemen

The United States has dominated the Middle East in the post-World War II era and seeks to maintain its power in an alliance with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel.

The United States has also been sucked into the war by arming, aiding, and advising its Persian Gulf allies. Under both the Obama and Trump Administrations, Washington has provided intelligence, aircraft, bombs, and other armaments to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The Trump administration has been providing intelligence to the Saudi military fighting in Yemen and helps refuel its fighter jets. The United States currently has dozens of soldiers deployed in Yemen, ostensibly to combat terrorism. Earlier this year the New York Times revealed that about a dozen Green Beret commandos were stationed in Saudi Arabia along the Yemen border to train the Saudi military .

Will Khashoggi’s Murder Help End War in Yemen?

The US may have decided to move on the Yemen situation now because it sensed an opportunity to pressure Saudi Arabia while the kingdom is still reeling from international criticism over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. “The Trump administration has invested so much in Crown Prince Mohammed since his rise that we don’t have any indications at this point that they want him to face any serious punishment for his involvement in the killing of a journalist. But what they may try to do is use this as leverage to push for some other things that they want. And trying to get the Saudis to bring the war in Yemen to a close could be one of those things”, Ben Hubbard of The New York Times said.

The Trump Administration now faces growing pressure from Congress, particularly from Republicans, to curtail arms sales to the kingdom until the war ends. This week, five prominent senators, led by Marco Rubio, also pressed the White House to terminate talks with the kingdom on civil nuclear cooperation , newyorker mentioned.

CNN noticed that The United States is working to capitalize on what it regards as new leverage with Saudi Arabia to end the brutal civil war in Yemen and ease a regional standoff with Qatar, according to multiple US and diplomatic officials.

Partially in response to the Khashoggi scandal, Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, and Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary, both said on they wanted to see a swift end to the fighting Houthi and a Saudi-led military coalition, according to telegraph.

James Mattis called for all sides in the Yemen War to begin UN-sponsored peace talks within thirty days ,but Mike Pompeo demanded that the Houthi movement, which is fighting Saudi Arabia, begin the ceasefire first, progressive mentioned.

Theresa May, UK prime minister, said she backed the US call for a ceasefire but said any truce must be “underpinned by a political deal between the conflict parties”.

If the United States stopped fueling the planes, the war would end

Trump administration could end the war within days. U.S. technicians fuel and maintain Saudi fighter planes manufactured by Boeing. Trump could order the technicians to stop work, as provided in the Boeing contract. “If the United States stopped fueling the planes, the war would end,” noted Congressman Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California.

Despite U.S. calls for a cease-fir, Saudi Arabia launched a new series of attacks

Despite U.S. calls for a cease-fire from both the secretaries of state and defense, Saudi Arabia launched a new series of attacks in Yemen . The war there is now the worst man-made humanitarian disaster in the world, with children starving in what U.N. officials have called a living hell, npr reported. A new series of attacks shows that the Trump administration considers U.S. support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s civil war to be a separate issue from the ongoing crisis over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi ,and Riyadh will not easily shift its stance in Yemen.

 

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