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Yemen Is Being Strangled to Death

The Saudi-led coalition bombed [1] Sanaa’s international airport and rendered it unusable for humanitarian aid flights:

Air raids destroyed radio navigation station for aircraft, civil aviation authorities told SABA, which is controlled by the Houthis.

Air traffic in Sanaa’s airport is currently restricted to flights carrying humanitarian aid sent by the United Nations and other international organizations.

Oxfam’s Scott Paul explains the implications of this attack:

If it wasn’t already obvious, the Saudi-led coalition has confirmed with this latest attack that they are deliberately trying to strangle the civilian population by depriving them of essential food and medicine. Despite reports that the coalition was willing to open some ports in areas they control, the U.N. said today that there is no evidence [5] that any of the ports are being reopened:

The United Nations says there’s “no indication” a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels is lifting its blockade of Yemeni airports and sea ports as it announced the previous day.


Even if the coalition reopens some ports in other parts of the country, those other ports can’t take in as much as the main port at Hodeidah. Transporting goods overland from other ports will make food and medicine prohibitively costly for an already impoverished population. Nawal al-Maghafi detailed why this is the case:

If Hodeidah remains closed, it won’t matter if the coalition opens the others, because there will still be massive loss of life from starvation. Unless the blockade is lifted very soon, the Saudis and their allies will be the authors of the worst famine in decades, and they will have done it with Washington’s blessing.

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#1 Comment By Christian Chuba On November 14, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

When the Houthis launched a single missile at the Saudi international airport, there was all of this Caterwauling by western leaders and the U.N. that it amounted to a war crime. But it’s okay for the Saudis to bomb an international airport in Yemen, in addition to bombing docking cranes, water processing stations, civilians, … and morons like Boris Johnson tells us that the Saudis haven’t crossed the threshold yet.

Someday God will have his say on this matter, we’ll see what thresholds have been crossed then.

#2 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On November 14, 2017 @ 4:34 pm

These are war crimes by any definition of the term. Is the International Criminal Court reserved for Serbs?

#3 Comment By Tunings On November 14, 2017 @ 4:51 pm

@GOM : “Is the International Criminal Court reserved for Serbs?”

I was going to say the same thing … can you imagine world reaction if the Serbs had done this?

Indeed, what the Saudis are now doing eclipses anything the Serbs did during the Balkan wars. No rape camps thus far, but that’s small consolation when millions of innocent civilians are deliberately subjected to famine and disease.

@Christian Chuba : “Someday God will have his say on this matter,”

… situations like this are the reason we have the word “Godspeed”.

#4 Comment By a spencer On November 15, 2017 @ 1:30 am

What can be said to stop this?