A child stands on his house, which was destroyed by an air strike in the airport area in Sana’a, photo by Hayat Al-sharif
DW-Yemen.Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, intending to restore the government of former President ” Abd Rabbo Mansour Had”I to power and crushing ” Ansar Allah”.
Saudi-led airstrikes hit schools, hospitals, and weddings, killing thousands of Yemeni civilians, the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, France and Britain, in response to fears that Iran, the Houthis’ biggest supporter and regional rival of Saudi Arabia, would gain a foothold in Yemen. Since then, Yemen has been wracked by civil war, food insecurity, and rising poverty levels.
Why is there a war in Yemen ˀ
The tragedy entered every home in Yemen, one person from every family was killed at least by the war. “My son Abdu said he would go to battle to get a monthly salary to live, my son left and my eyes washed with tears, I begged him not to go to battle, but he refused.
After a week they brought me a small burned pieces in a plastic bag: I could not even look at him, I live my worst days, Why the war took my son?” Maryam Al-Najar said that.
Death Toll In Saudi War On Yemen Hits 100,000
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project
(ACLED) said last week that it had recorded more than 100,000 fatalities,
including 12,000 civilians killed indirect attacks.
The report said 20,000 people had been killed this year, making it the second deadliest year of the war behind 2018.
The non-governmental organization also said April was the most
lethal month so far this year, with over 2,500 reported killed, compared to
approximately 1,700 in September.
The most violent governorates were Taiz, Hodeidah, and al-Jawf, where more than 10,000 people have been killed in each of the regions since 2015.
The third quarter of 2019 had the lowest number of reported fatalities since the end of 2017, but the number of civilian casualties rose from the previous quarter.
Direct targeting by the Saudi-led coalition and its allies has been responsible for more than 8,000 civilian deaths over the past four and a half years.
The data covers everything from airstrikes, shelling and ground
battles between various forces to bombings and violence in protests. However,
their numbers do not include those who died in humanitarian catastrophes caused
by war, especially hunger and disease.
The fighting has also triggered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Four-fifths of the population – 24 million people – need humanitarian assistance or protection, including 10 million who rely on food aid to survive.
The United States and the United Kingdom are the main supporters of Saudi Arabia in the war, providing the kingdom with billions of dollars in arms sales, training, logistical support and targeting assistance for airstrikes.
Weapons and expertise provided by Western countries have enabled some of the world’s richest nations to bring high-level mechanized warfare to Yemen, one of the poorest places on the planet.
Yemen is known internationally for its agricultural terraces, But, unfortunately, today you see agricultural terraces turned into mass graves for Yemenis, Mothers lost their children in the war, women lost their husbands and it is unfortunate to see children visiting their parents in the graves.
The United Nations must shoulder its responsibilities, stop the war in Yemen and stop the bloodshed that has caused men, women, and children in Yemen to suffer. Yemen is in urgent need of international intervention, forcing Saudi Arabia and the UAE to cease fire and to make a decision that obliges the Yemeni armed groups to accept a peaceful solution through dialogue.
The United States must refrain from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and end its interests that build on the blood of innocent Yemenis.