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A Saudi Coalition Massacre in Sanaa

The Saudi coalition launched an airstrike today [1] in Sanaa’s Al-Tahrir Square in the middle of rush hour. There are reportedly at least 100 dead and injured:

The Norwegian Refugee Council issued a statement [7] in response to the attack:

The Norwegian Refugee Council is appalled by Saudi-led coalition strikes on a highly-populated business district in Sana’a earlier today. We abhor the ongoing use of violence to intimidate civilian populations under the guise of efforts to protect them. Yemeni people are not collateral. Adherence to the laws of war is not optional.

The strikes that took place in Sana’a today are more visible to us because of their proximity to the homes of our staff but follow a trend of underreported attacks on civilians across the country. In recent weeks, Yemeni civilians have been killed in their homes, driving their cars, and at social gatherings. Since the start of the year, over 460 Yemeni people fled their homes every day, many with nowhere safe to go. On top of this, an impending rainy season threatens to create a third outbreak of cholera. The sustained obstruction to imports through Red Sea Ports plays havoc with the food people need to survive.

This latest massacre of civilians proves once again that Saudi coalition forces bomb Yemen indiscriminately and with flagrant disregard for the lives of civilians. These are the attacks that U.S. arms and refueling make possible. These are the crimes that the U.S. is aiding and abetting as long as it provides military assistance to the Saudis and their allies. For the sake of innocent Yemenis and the interests of the U.S., this assistance must be stopped at once.

Update: The attack earlier today was another so-called “double tap” strike [8]. More than 60 are confirmed killed and injured.

Second Update: Confirmation that 96 civilians were killed and injured [9] in today’s attack.

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#1 Comment By Chincoteague On May 7, 2018 @ 11:25 am

“These are the attacks that U.S. arms and refueling make possible.”

Not just arms and refueling. Trump has now put boots on the ground. US Special Forces are now operating in Yemen, as they are in Syria.

Trump isn’t just betraying those of us who voted for him to get us out of there. He’s repeatedly spitting in our face.

#2 Comment By Christian Chuba On May 7, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

The war in Yemen has claimed up to 10,000 lives … funny how this headline hasn’t changed in at least 2 yrs despite the fact that I keep hearing about these Saudi bombings.

8M people on the verge of starvation … another headline that hasn’t changed in over 2yrs. How can people be on the verge of starvation for this long without any impact on the mortality rate of a population?

Incredible.

#3 Comment By a spencer On May 7, 2018 @ 1:03 pm

For what??? No one can possibly believe that Hadi will be re-installed. This is simply slaughter.

#4 Comment By b. On May 7, 2018 @ 1:24 pm

“These are the attacks that U.S. arms and refueling make possible.”

Daniekl, these are the attacks the US claims to have *vetted*:

U.S. officials tried to help the Saudis improve their targeting. They eventually expanded a “no strike” list to include thirty-three thousand targets. “We broadened and broadened and broadened that list over time as the Saudis kept striking things that we would have thought they wouldn’t strike.”
[10]

‘[W]hile the United States doesn’t select Yemeni targets for the Saudi-led coalition, US military advisers do work alongside Saudi air force officers every day, to guide coalition missions.
[11]

‘”We have a limited number of folks there, five or six people,” says Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman. ‘They provide targeting advice to avoid civilian casualties. Their [standard operating procedure] is to provide advice – a safety measure – not to help them out in the civil war.’
[12]

Either US military personnel is failing in their assigned mission to prevent atrocities, or they are succeeding in their mission to facilitate atrocities.

#5 Comment By jk On May 7, 2018 @ 3:17 pm

When/if Trump realizes he burned all his voters since they see through his rhetoric and then he loses in 2020, the Democrats will think it correlates to their doubling down of Russia hysteria and support for Corporate-Centrist Democrats.

Don’t know if Foreign Policy positions have any substantial sway in Congressional elections but we’ll see – and once again the MSM and pollsters will get the wrong simplistic message.

#6 Comment By HenionJD On May 7, 2018 @ 5:13 pm

I feel America getting greater and greater by the minute. Ah, the stories we’ll tell our grandchildren.