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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Yemen/ Saudi update 1/04/2017..Yemeni tribesmen march to express support for army

Yemeni tribesmen march to express support for army

Yemeni Army Destroys Saudi-Led Military Speedboat

The Yemeni army and popular forces targeted and destroyed a Saudi-led military boat in the waters near Bab al-Mandab Strait. The Saudi speedboat was destroyed in the port of al-Mukha in Ta'iz province with several missiles.... The military source reiterated that the Saudi vessel was the 10th of its kind sinking in waters offshore Yemen in the last six months.Yemen conflict: Battle for Sanaa - BBC News

70 Saudi-Led Coalition Troops Killed in Yemen War in 2 Days

Reports from Yemen said over 70 Saudi-led coalition troops have been killed in the war on Yemen in the last two days. At least 70 Saudi-led coalution members from different countries have been killed by the Yemeni forces over the past 48 hours, FNA dispatches from Yemen said. The military ranks and the nationalities of the coalition casualties is not clear yet, but reports indicate that several Saudi troops, including high-ranking officers, are among them. Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of 20 Arab countries and began its military aggression against Yemen in late March, 2015 in a bid to restore power to former fugitive president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.Yemeni military and the Houthis are fighting with Saudi mercenaries in the province of al-Jawf

‘Yemenis are starving, Western arms manufacturers make billions of dollars’ ‒ Codepink cofounder

Social Media Users Urge Urgent Action to Help People in War-Torn Yemen

Social media users once again urged the world to take notice and help the Yemenis in their silent plight, as Yemen continues to be ravaged by war and its people are on the verge of mass starvation. The conflict escalated in March 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition began conducting airstrikes with the assistance of the US and UK on behalf of former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had fled the country, RT reported. The operation has devastated the country and its people and Yemen is on the brink of famine as the Saudi-led blockade has cut off supplies and led to food prices skyrocketing. Yemen usually imports 90 percent of its food. According to UNICEF, a child dies in Yemen every 10 minutes. The UN reports more than 2.2 million children are malnourished, with close to half a million suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition, a 200 percent increase on 2014 levels.

Yemenis have seen the effects of airstrikes on hospitals and health clinics, leaving many suffering from preventable illnesses. Children have been prevented from attending school, with UNICEF reporting at least 350,000 have had access to education blocked. The powerful images shared across social media convey the horrifying reality for the people of Yemen, forcing the world to see the devastation and suffering caused by an onslaught of bombings. Amidst the disturbing tweets are calls for the US and UK to take responsibility for their role in the conflict.

Saudi Arabia and its coalition of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Sudan have been accused of war crimes in Yemen, and social media activists are calling on politicians such as UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the US Secretary of State John Kerry and the UN to put an end to the attacks. The UK and the US have come under fire from human rights organizations for their role in the conflict. The US approved $20 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia in 2015 alone, while the UK has provided training and $4.1 billion in arms during the first year of the conflict.

In January 2015, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told journalists in London, “We have British officials and American officials and officials from other countries in our command and control center. They know what the target list is and they have a sense of what it is that we are doing and what we are not doing.”

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