Ye­men emer­gency

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - OPINION -

THE UN re­ported re­cently that 20-mil­lion Ye­meni cit­i­zens don’t know where their next meal will come from. The coun­try is on the verge of a dev­as­tat­ing famine – and it is man-made, fu­elled by a Saudi em­bargo and bomb­ing, with sup­port from the US and UK.

From the start of the war, US forces have played key roles in sup­port of Saudiled ag­gres­sion, in­clud­ing in­tel­li­gence and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port, aerial re­fu­elling and ac­cel­er­ated arms sales.

Most of the abuses – in­clud­ing the bomb­ing of dozens of hos­pi­tals and med­i­cal cen­tres, the use of clus­ter bombs in civil­ian ar­eas and the de­lay­ing of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid into the coun­try – have been com­mit­ted by Saudi Ara­bia and coali­tion part­ners.

The war has pro­duced a “level 3” hu­man­i­tar­ian emer­gency, the worst cat­e­gory on the UN’s scale. Saudi-led bomb­ing has left al­most 80% of the pop­u­la­tion de­pen­dent on hu­man­i­tar­ian aid. It is ridicu­lous to think that slaugh­ter­ing Ye­me­nis will al­le­vi­ate suf­fer­ing and bring peace in the Mid­dle East. Nasiff Kader


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