Britain and the US Must Stop Fueling the Bloody Saudi War on Yemen

Patrick Wilcken

21-03-2018 | 13:16
The end of this week marks three tragedy-filled years for the people of Yemen, who have suffered from the Saudi-led military coalition’s devastating – and often indiscriminate – bombing of their country. Fleets of fighter jets, the bulk from Saudi Arabia itself, have wreaked havoc on an impoverished country, with thousands of airstrikes on targets including hospitals, markets, homes, factories and funeral halls.
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Thousands of civilians have been killed, thousands more horribly injured. Collapsed infrastructure, coupled with a partial blockade, have deprived most of the population of clean water and proper healthcare, unleashing the worst cholera outbreak in modern history.

Despite all this, western countries, led by the US and the UK, have supplied the Saudi-led coalition with huge amounts of advanced military equipment, facilitating a military campaign characterized by repeated violations of international humanitarian law, including possible war crimes.

This conflict has revealed in the starkest possible terms the real cost of the lucrative global arms trade, not to mention the challenge of implementing the UN arms trade treaty. Beyond the US and the UK, many other countries – including France, Spain and Italy – profess their support for human rights and adherence to the treaty while similarly lavishing hi-tech weaponry on the Saudi coalition.

However, on this grim anniversary for Yemen there are glimmers of hope. Across the world vocal criticism from campaigners, journalists and, crucially, some politicians has begun to bear fruit. In recent months, under growing public pressure, a host of European countries have suspended arms transfers to the Saudi coalition.
 In other countries where arms exports have continued, they are coming under intense scrutiny, with court challenges and growing criticism from parliamentarians and the wider public.
It’s just possible the tide may be turning.

In Greece, there was a storm of protest in December when news emerged of a deal to send 300,000 tank shells to Saudi Arabia. Amid mounting pressure, led by Amnesty Greece, a parliamentary committee broke with precedent and cancelled the deal.

In Finland, when images surfaced in January of the United Arab Emirates, a key Saudi coalition member, using a Finnish-made Patria armored vehicle for combat operations in Yemen, there was public uproar. News that Finland had granted a license for spare Patria parts prompted most candidates in the recent Finnish elections – including the president – to speak out about arming the UAE. Norway announced in the same month that it was suspending exports of lethal military goods to the UAE [it had already stopped supplying Saudi Arabia], citing the risk of misuse in Yemen. Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium’s Flemish region have repeatedly denied licenses for arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

The really big news, though, was the decision by Germany’s incoming coalition to suspend future licenses for arms transfers to countries directly engaged in the Yemen conflict. After years of concerted pressure from civil society, journalists and some key politicians, one of the world’s major arms manufacturers has finally drawn the line. It remains to be seen how robust this stance will be – in the past arms suspensions have often been short-lived and reversed when the pressure abates – and, crucially, goods under current deals will still be shipped. But it’s another sign that opponents of these reckless arms sales are beginning to gain traction.
Meanwhile, pressure is growing elsewhere as well.

In the UK, public opinion and all opposition parties support an end to arming Saudi Arabia. Much of the outcry over Mohammed bin Salman’s recent visit to London focused on this. Dismayed at the government’s unwillingness to halt its vast arms sales to Saudi Arabia, campaigners took the UK to court, arguing that the government breached its own – and international – laws. It is disappointing that their case was lost [the government won on the grounds that its licensing decisions were “rational” given the evidence being assessed, notwithstanding that much of it had been provided by the Saudis themselves], but efforts are under way to appeal.

In the US, impassioned speeches in the Senate accompanied a vote last June to block the transfer of $510m of precision-guided munitions and related services to Riyadh. The vote was lost by an unprecedentedly narrow margin of 47-53.
 Meanwhile, a new Senate resolution invoking the 1973 War Powers Act seeks to remove US logistical and intelligence support for the Saudi-led coalition’s Yemen campaign on the basis that it amounts to US involvement in a war never authorized by Congress.
And in Canada, France, Italy and Spain we are seeing a flurry of challenges to arms supplies to the coalition – including court cases, activism and intense public debate.
A growing legal and moral quandary now faces European supplier countries that still pour weapons into the bloody conflict. Under the UN arms trade treaty, they have an obligation to halt the supply of weapons if these are likely to be used for serious violations of international human rights or humanitarian law. The US, as a signatory, has pledged not to undermine the treaty’s object and purpose, which includes “reducing human suffering” – a commitment mocked by the current desperate situation on the ground in Yemen.

As Yemen enters another grueling year of hunger, disease and war, with more than 20 million of its people now in need of humanitarian aid, the moral and legal bankruptcy of western support for the Saudi-led coalition has never been clearer.

A growing number of countries have recognized the risk of ever-greater complicity in the mounting violations and likely war crimes being committed in Yemen. It’s time for the Saudi coalition’s remaining arms suppliers to follow suit and end their Faustian pact over weapons and Yemen.
Source: The Guardian, Edited by website team

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[Graphic 18+] Saudi Coalition suffers heavy losses after seizing strategic Yemeni city


BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The Saudi Coalition attempted to advance past the strategic city of Hays on Tuesday, targeting the mountains overlooking this important area of western Yemen.

Led by the UAE-backed Southern Resistance forces, the Coalition troops attempted to capture the Hays Mountain from the Houthi fighters protecting this imperative area.

However, the assault would be short-lived, as the Houthi troops proved too strong at the Hays Mountain.

According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their fighters killed several Coalition fighters, while also seizing the latter’s weapons before they retreated to Hays city.

Below are the photos that the Houthi forces released from the battle:

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Ground forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen have faced a major internal crisis over the control for the strategic coastal city of Aden. In January, the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) and Shabwan Elite Forces (SEF) launched a series of operations against forces loyal to Saudi-backed President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Since then, the SEF and the STC have captured a major part of Aden, including the nearby military facilities, as well as the city of Ataq, the capital of the province of Shabwah. Pro-Hadi forces were not able to put up a significant resistance to their opponents even with air support from the Saudi Arabia’s air force.

Thus, the UAE and its allies on the ground further expanded its influence in southern Yemen while the Saudi-backed Yemen government was put on the verge of the collapse. The Yemeni capital, Sanaa, is controlled by the Houthis. So, President Hadi and the Saudi-backed government used Aden as own capital.

In early February, the sides formally reached the ceasefire in Aden. Nonetheless, sporadic clashes continued in the city and across the southern part of the country.

Some source say that the main reason of tensions is an ill-advised policy of Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and his cabinet. However, it is clear that the real reason behind the tensions is ongoing competition for the spheres of the influence between various factions of the so-called Saudi-led coalition.

Furthermore, Aden lies at the cross-section of multiple trade routes and has a high economic importance serving as a key logistical hub in the area.

The STC was formed by the Southern Movement, a political movement and paramilitary organization active in the former territory of the state known as South Yemen. The political goal of the movement is to secede from the Republic of Yemen and to establish an independent state.

On February 5, the London-based newspaper al-Araby al-Jadeed reported that STC Head, Aidarus al-Zubaidi, departed Aden to visit the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and the Saudi capital Riyadh. The visits show the growing influence of the STC amid the developing conflict in Yemen.

On the same day, the Saudi military claimed that it had intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis from the Yemen province of Sa’adah at the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait. The Houthis continue using ballistic missiles to pound facilities of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen as well as targets inside Saudi Arabia. This shows that efforts of the Saudi-led coalition to destroy stockpiles and arms depots of the Houthis across the country resulted in little effect, most likely because of a lack of the reconnaissance on the ground.

Another important threat is cross-borders attacks by the Houthis. For example, on February 3, seven Saudi military service members were killed in cross-border attacks in the Saudi province of Jizan and Najran. On February 2, the Houthis attacks Saudi-led forces in the village of al-Khadra in the province of Jizan and destroyed at least three vehicles. Such attacks reveal a poor security situation at the Saudi-Yemeni border.

On the other hand, the Saudi-led coalition and its local allies were able to develop momentum against the Houthis in the area of Taiz and south of the port city of Hudaydah. Right now, the most intense fighting is ongoing west of Taiz.

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Ansarullah Leader: Saudi, UAE Serve US-’Israeli’ Interests

Local Editor

03-02-2018 | 08:59

Leader of Yemeni Ansarullah revolutionary movement Sayyed Abdul-Malik Badreddine al-Houthi reiterated that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates [UAE], which are engaged in the war on Yemen, are serving the interests of the United States and the Zionist entity.


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Sayyed al-Houthi said in a speech on Friday that the latest incidents in the southern port city of Aden were indicative of how the regime in Riyadh and the government of the UAE behaved in favor of Tel Aviv and Washington.

On January 28, separatists backed by the UAE launched an assault in Aden, taking control of a number of sites and military camps run by forces loyal to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi following intense clashes. They swiftly seized the presidential palace in the southern port city.

The UAE has played a key role in the Saudi campaign against Yemen, which was launched in March 2015 with the aim of reinstalling Hadi’s government and crushing the Houthi movement, which currently runs state affairs.

Prior to the offensive, Hadi had resigned and fled to Riyadh. The Saudi regime and its allies later managed to seize Aden.

Given its economic importance, Aden’s control would lend considerable leverage to any side exercising ultimate control over the port.

Sayyed al-Houthi said unrest in Aden did not benefit freedom-loving Yemenis. He emphasized that Saudi-led aggressors sought to use Yemenis to push their agendas. “Our choice is to counter the aggression,” he said.

Ansarullah leader further reiterated his support for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinians, saying the Saudi aggression aimed to liquidate the cause.

At least 13,600 people have lost their lives since the onset of Saudi Arabia’s campaign. Much of the country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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Saudi Army suffers heavy casualties in failed offensive near Yemeni border

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 A.M.) – For the second time this week, the Saudi Army launched a big offensive in the southern part of the Najran region, targeting the Houthi positions near the Yemeni border.

The Saudi Army stormed the Al-Boaa Desert of the Najran region on Friday, striking the Houthi defenses along the Yemen-Saudi border in an attempt to reclaim this large area.

However, the attack would not go as planned, despite the fact that the Saudi Armed Forces had the superior weaponry and manpower.

According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their fighters foiled the big offensive in the Al-Boaa Desert, killing and wounding a large number of Saudi soldiers in the process.

The Houthi media wing added that their forces launched a swift counter-attack after the offensive in order to claim more ground from the Saudi Coalition.

This latest attack by the Saudi Army marks the fourth time in two weeks that they have attempted to capture the Al-Boaa Desert.

Below are some photos from the Houthi forces:

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Velayati Warns Saudi of Vietnam-Like Quagmire in Yemen

 February 2, 2018

Ali Akbar Velayati, Senior adviser of Iran Supreme Leader, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei

International adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ali Akbar Velayati warned Saudi Arabia that its involvement in the war on Yemen could lead to the same catastrophe that the US government experienced in Vietnam.

“Saudi Arabia should expect to see Yemen turn into another Vietnam for that country,” Velayati said in a speech at a pro-Palestine conference in Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad on Thursday.

He also stressed that any Iranian help for Yemen comes is in line with its humanitarian duties.

Velayati further pointed to the Syrian developments, underlining that the US government will definitely fail to break up Syria just as it ended up in failure in similar attempts in Iraq.

In comments last month, Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei called on the Islamic community to pay special attention to the ongoing developments in Muslim states, particularly in Palestine, Yemen and Bahrain.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition which launched the campaign in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been injured and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

However, the allied forces of the Yemeni Army and popular committees established by Ansarullah revolutionaries have been heroically confronting the aggression with all means, inflicting huge losses upon Saudi-led forces.

The Saudi-led coalition – which also includes UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait – has been also imposing a blockade on the impoverished country’s ports and airports as a part of the aggression.

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المشروع السعودي يحترق في ساحات عدن

يناير 31, 2018

د. وفيق إبراهيم

مشروع السعودية وتحالفاتها بالهيمنة على اليمن أو تقسيمه على الأقلّ، يتلقّى الهزيمة تلو الأخرى. وما يحدث منذ أيام عدة في ساحات مدينة عدن عاصمة اليمن الجنوبي، يفضح المشروع الدموي السعودي الإماراتي المغطّى أميركياً وسط صمت من أعضاء مجلس الأمن الدولي، ويكشف بوضوح وصول الاجتياح السعودي لليمن إلى مرحلة متقدمة من الانهيار.

وهنا، لا بأس من التذكير أنّ السعودية بنت تحالفاً عسكرياً من أكثر من خمسين دولة، يتشاركون يومياً في قتل اليمنيين وتدمير البنية التحتية للبلاد منذ ثلاث سنين ونيّف، متسبّبين أيضاً بقتل نحو عشرين ألف يمنيّ وأكثر.

لذلك، تأتي الاشتباكات العنيفة والمتواصلة في معظم أنحاء عدن بين ميليشيات يمنيّة مدعومة من دولة الإمارات، وأخرى تنتحل صفة الجيش اليمني ومدعومة من السعودية لتكشف وللمرة الأخيرة أنّ الطرفين الإماراتي والسعودي الداعمَين للمتحاربين لديهم مصالح متناقضة في يمن يحاولان تدميره وتفتيته لتحقيق مبتغاهما.

كانا يزعمان أنّ سيطرة أنصار الله على اليمن هي سبب اجتياحهما له، ويؤكّدان أنّهما متحالفان مع ما يسمّونه زوراً الشرعية في اليمن. واتّضح أنهم يسيطرون على رئيس سابق فرّ من اليمن منذ ثلاث سنوات، عبد ربه منصور هادي، ويقيم في الرياض مفضّلاً النوم في معظم الأوقات من دون أيّ حضور سياسي أو عسكري له في اليمن، إلى جانب حكومة يترأسها بن دغر أيضاً على السعودية، والموصوف بأنّه واحد من أكثر رؤساء الحكومة فساداً.

لجهة دولة الإمارات المشاركة في الحرب على اليمن، نحت بسرعة إلى بناء نفوذ قوي لها في عدن، وأسّست ميليشيات لدعم وجهة نظرها، على الرغم من أنها تصرّ على تحالفها مع السعودية!!

فما الذي جرى حتى تحوّل المتحالفان إلى أعداء يتقاتلان بالرصاص ويدمّران ما تبقّى من عدن؟

الأمر الذي يشير إلى أنّ المشكلة أكبر من مجرد سيطرة ميليشيا على حيّ تستولي عليه ميليشيا أخرى. فلو كانت كذلك لكانت الاشتباكات توقّفت بضغطَين سياسيين بسيطَين من الرياض وأبو ظبي.

فما هي هذه الأسباب؟ اليمن صامد في وجه جحافل قوات السعودية وحلفائها منذ ثلاث سنوات. تكفي الإشارة إلى أنّ قوات سودانية وباكستانية ترتدي ملابس الجيش السعودي تشارك في القتال تحت رايته، وتحاصر «إسرائيل» اليمن بحرياً بالاشتراك مع البحريّتَين الأميركية والمصرية، من دون أن ننسى عشرات آلاف الجنود من السعودية والإمارات.

لم تتمكّن كلّ هذه الجحافل المتنوّعة من اختراق خطوط الدفاع عن اليمن الشمالي… وعندما حاول السعوديون والإماراتيون والأميركيون استعمال ورقة الرئيس السابق علي عبدالله صالح، تصدّى اليمنيون، وكانوا متفقين معه على القضاء على أنصار الله أو التشريع لحرب أهلية في صنعاء وجوارها، كان يفترض أن تؤدّي إلى استنزاف الحوثيين والنصر عليهم، ولأنّ الرهان السعودي الإماراتي على انقلاب علي عبدالله صالح كان كبيراً، ويرتجى منه بناء يمن سعودي على الطريقة القديمة، للإمارات فيه حصة، إنّما في إطار السيطرة الأميركية الجديدة.

هنا يجب الربط بين الانسداد العسكري السعودي العاجز عن تحقيق تقدّم فعليّ على الأرض وإلغاء ورقة علي عبدالله صالح، من الأسباب الأساسية للصدام الذي يستعر بين الحلفاء في عدن.

فلماذا انتظار نتائج معركة مستحيلة مع الشمال، خسروها منذ مدّة وتتواصل فقط للزوم الاستمرار والأبعاد المعنويّة؟ فانعكس هذا الوضع صراعاً بين القوّتين السعودية والإمارات لتحاصص موارد القوة في اليمن، وهي الاستراتيجيا، النفط، الغاز والسياحة.

بالنسبة للمسألة الاستراتيجية، فهي تتعلّق بباب المندب والسواحل البحرية المؤدّية إلى هرمز والمحيط الهندي. وهذا اهتمام أميركي أكبر من قياس السعودية والإمارات، لكنّ الولايات المتحدة الأميركية وجدت في الإمارات لاعباً خليجياً تسمح له إمكاناته وانتماؤه إلى الخليج والمشرق العربي أن ينفّذ سياسات تريدها واشنطن وتؤمّن لها بعض الطموحات، لذلك دفعت أبو ظبي الكثير من مالها لتأسيس قواعد عسكرية لها في جيبوتي وإريتريا وعدن والصومال، وهي بصدد افتتاح قواعد جديدة على طول الساحل اليمني في بحر عدن، فمن يصدّق أنّ بلداً صغيراً كالإمارات يحلم بتأسيس إمبراطورية عسكرية بحرية له؟!

والسؤال الذي يطرح نفسه، هي الأسباب التي تجعل الإمارات توسّع نفوذها البحري؟

والإجابة السريعة لن تتأخّر، فالإمارات تقوم بهذا الأمر لصالح الأميركيين الذين فضّلوها، لأنّها أكثر مرونة من السعوديين، وليس لديها طموح باستعمال اليمن، بل الاستفادة من قدراته السياحية، تتلقّى دعماً أميركياً إلى حدود التشجيع على حركتَيها الاستراتيجية لخدمة واشنطن، وسياحية لخدمة اقتصادها وموانئها. وإلا فما معنى اهتمامها بسقطرى ومعظم مدن الساحل إلا لاستثمارها في تأسيس مناطق سياحية عالمية!!

على مستوى السعودية، فاهتماماتها الاستراتيجية تذهب نحو منحىً آخر له شقّان: الهيمنة على كامل اليمن، أو تفتيته في حالة تعذّر الهيمنة إلى كيانات ودول صغيرة تستنفد قوّته وأهميّاته. وهذا مكشوف في حركة الاجتياح الواسعة التي تنفّذها، ما يجعل السياسة السعودية في اليمن واضحة منذ نصف قرن، وعنوانها منع اليمن من الاستقرار والتحوّل إلى دولة فعلية. وهذا جعل السعودية تمنع اليمنيين الموالين لها، وهي تمنعهم حتى من التفكير باستثمار الغاز الذي تؤكّد شركات الطاقة العالمية أنّه موجود فيها وبغزارة.

ضمن هذا الإطار تريد السعودية تفتيت اليمن، بما يؤدّي إلى استيلاد كانتونات موالية لها وتحتوي على الغاز والنفط، كما أنّها مصرّة على ضمّ حضرموت إليها بذريعة أنّ قبائلها تنتشر بين حضرموت والجوار السعودي.

بالنتيجة، يتبيّن أنّ مراوحة الاجتياح السعودي لليمن تعبّر عن هزيمة مدوّية انعكست على العلاقة بين الحلفاء. فالمجلس الانتقالي اليمني بقيادة الزبيدي مصرّ على إقالة حكومة بن دغر المتهمة بالفساد، ويبدو هادي كأن لا علاقة له بما يجري وسط معارك متواصلة منذ أيام عدّة بين الفريقين في معظم أنحاء عدن. وهذه معارك مرشّحة للتوسّع في مناطق الجنوب كافة، في محاولة من الفريقَين السعودي والإماراتي الاستيلاء على الإمكانات الأساسية من موقع استراتيجي وسياحة ونفط وغاز… وتفتيت.

إنّ هذه الاشتباكات هي الوحيدة التي لا تستطيع الرياض اتّهام إيران بالتسبّب بها، وهي أيضاً رسالة قويّة إلى آل سعود أنّ مشروعهم دخل مرحلة التفكّك وصولاً إلى الانهيار. وهي أيضاً رسالة إلى الشجعان الصابرين من أهل اليمن، المصرّين على مواصلة الكفاح لتحرير وطنهم، من دون أن ننسى مزاجاً شعبياً جنوبياً بدأ بالتبلور عاكساً نفسه على شكل تظاهرات تندّد بالهيمنة السعودية الإماراتية.

بذلك يثبت اليمن مجدّداً أنّه قاهر المستعمرين كافة، مهما بلغ بأهله الجوع والمرض والتدمير. وكما كانت صنعاء مقبرة العثمانيين، فإنّها لن تتأخّر في أن تكون دافعاً لأهالي جزيرة العرب للتخلّص من براثن دولة تحكم الناس حتى اليوم بنظام السمع والطاعة، فإن لم تطع… فقطع الرأس بالسيف هو العقاب.

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Yemeni Army Fires Ballistic Missile on Saudi and UAE Mercenaries in Southwestern Yemen


January 22, 2018

The Yemeni rocketry force fired on Monday a ballistic missile on Saudi and UAE mercenaries in Taiz in southwestern Yemen.

Military source at Yemen rocket unit told Yemen Press they had fired a ballistic missile branded Qaher M2 onto the gatherings of the Saudi and UAE mercenaries in Taiz.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been injured and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

However, the allied forces of the Yemeni Army and popular committees established by Ansarullah revolutionaries have been heroically confronting the aggression with all means, inflicting huge losses upon Saudi-led forces.

The Saudi-led coalition – which also includes UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait – has been also imposing a blockade on the impoverished country’s ports and airports as a part of the aggression.

Source: Al-Manar Website


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