Yemenis protest UN silencing of Saudi crimes

17.03.2020, Hodeidah.

Residents of the Yemeni province of Hodeidah held several protests against the Saudi-led coalition’s war crimes, the Saba News Agency reported on March 14.

Local tribes and sheikhs in the Hodeidah province condemned war crimes and violations committed against the Yemeni people by the Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries.

The protesters also condemned the UN’s silence on the coalition’s war crimes and its blockade against Yemenis, especially the residents of the Duraimimi district in Hodeidah.

Background

In 2014, the Houthis, Shia tribes in northern Yemen, carried out a coup d’état and seized power in the northern provinces of the country, including its capital, Sanaa. In turn, the internationally-recognized Government and President Mansur Hadi moved their residences to the city of Aden, on Yemen’s southern coast.

As a result of the Houthis military successes and their advancement southward, in 2015 Saudi Arabia took the lead over a coalition of the Arab countries and launched the ground military Operation Decisive Storm in support of the official government.

Saudi Arabia’s greatest concern was the threat that the Houthis would reach the coastline of the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. The latter is the most important maritime transport corridor through which Saudi Arabian oil tankers also pass. Another reason was that the Houthis are protected by Iran, the enemy of Sunni countries in the Islamic world and Saudi Arabia in particular.

It is also worth noting that other forces are also involved in the Yemeni conflict. Among the largest forces is the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), which has complex relations with official Yemen and seeks the independence of southern Yemen. The large terrorist group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (an organization banned in Russia) is also acting in Yemen, and it controls large areas of central Yemen.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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