War Crimes in Yemen: Guardian

Inequality and conflict have divided Yemen since north and south Yemen united in 1990. Civil war began in 1990, and the 2011 Arab Spring recharged divisions. By 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened to target Houthi rebels supported by Iran. The war has led to a humanitarian crisis with daily airstrikes, famine and cholera leaving as many as 200,000 people dead, though the UN discontinued counts in 2017. “Saudi warplanes and bombs hit thousands of targets, including civilian sites and infrastructure, with impunity,” explains Mohamad Bazzi for the Guardian. “From the beginning, US officials insisted that American weapons, training and intelligence assistance would help the Saudis avoid causing even more civilian casualties.” Bazzi describes the attacks on civilians as deliberate and urges the United States, the United Kingdom and France to end support for Saudi Arabia. A UN team of investigators issued a report suggesting that third countries intervening “may be held responsible for providing aid or assistance for the commission of international law violations.” The war in Yemen destabilizes the Middle East, and the United States is the leading supplier of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia ranks third in the world for military spending for 2019, trailing only the United States and China. – YaleGlobal

War Crimes in Yemen: Guardian

The war in Yemen is a humanitarian crisis, with as many as 200,000 deaths, and the UN investigates war crimes; third-party countries must end intervention
Mohamad Bazzi
Friday, October 4, 2019

Read the article from the Guardian about war crimes in Yemen.

Mohamad Bazzi, a journalism professor at New York University, is a former Middle East bureau chief at Newsday. He is writing a book on the proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Read the report commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council that urges the western nations to end weapons sales and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia and the war in Yemen.

Read about military spending per country for 2019 from World Population Review.

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