Yemeni Crisis Deepens
by Stephen Lendman
US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues murdering defenseless Yemeni men, women and children daily.
Genocide is occurring in plain sight. Media scoundrels ignore what demands screaming headlines of condemnation.
Obama bears full responsibility. Saudis and other involved despotic regimes share it. So do Western leaders supporting an atrocity they should make every effort to stop.
The World Food Program (WFP) said half of Yemen's 25 million people go hungry for lack of food. Starvation may claim many thousands.
Untreated wounds for lack of available medicines and treatment may take thousands more. Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable.
On Friday, UN authorities launched an urgent appeal. They need to raise $274 million quickly to provide desperately needed aid. A UN statement said:
"The devastating conflict in Yemen takes place against the backdrop of an existing humanitarian crisis that was already one of the largest and most complex in the world."
Saudi-led terror-bombing and ground fighting so far displaced over 150,000 Yemenis - thousands more daily.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Johannes Van Der Klaauw said "(o)rdinary families are struggling to access healthcare, water, food and fuel - basic requirements for their survival."
Millions are affected in 18 of 22 Yemeni governorates - perhaps all of them as conflict deepens.
Virtually no safe havens exist. Civilian neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, mosques and other non-military related sites are being struck.
Some estimates indicate over 2,500 killed - many more thousands wounded.
"I urge donors to act now to support the people of Yemen at this time of greatest need," Van Der Klaauw urged.
After three weeks of devastating Saudi-led terror bombing (naked aggression by any standard), UN Secretary General noticed.
He's a longtime imperial tool. He disgraces the office he holds. Instead of condemning US-orchestrated/Saudi-led mass murder, he pathetically urged all sides to halt hostilities.
"…I am calling for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen by all parties," he said.
Why now? Why not immediately after Saudi-led terror-bombing began? Why hasn't he clearly condemned the conflict's perpetrators?
Why has he largely ignored Yemenis suffering this long? Why does he support US direct and proxy wars while pretending otherwise?
Why is he a reliable US imperial tool instead of fulfilling his UN mandate?
Yemen is being systematically raped. Millions of Yemeni lives are threatened.
During a Friday Solidarity Rally with Yemen, Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah condemned Saudi aggression.
"This rally is aimed at voicing our condemnation and rejection of the Saudi-American aggression against Yemen and its people and at expressing our support for this noble people," he said.
He urged all Yemenis to unite against what's ongoing.
"It is our human, jihadist and religious duty to take this stance and all the sons of this nation must reassess their responsibilities and take the appropriate stance," he urged.
"Intimidation or threats will not prevent us from continuing to declare our condemnation of the aggression against Yemen."
"This major historic period is affecting the entire region, not only Yemen…This is a war against an Arab people."
Its "real objective is restoring the Saudi-American hegemony over Yemen" Millions of Yemenis are without food, water and medical aid," he added.
He called on all Yemenis to "defeat the aggression." He urged a political solution and end to fighting.
Iran's Defense Minister General Hossein Dehqan blamed Washington and Israel for waging aggression on Yemen. He believes efforts to defeat Houthi resistance will fail.
Vladimir Putin called for "an immediate cessation of military activities" in Yemen within 24 hours after Saudi terror-bombing began.
Obama wants escalated war. He's supplying Saudis with munitions, intelligence, logistical help and targets to strike - including civilian ones.
He's mindless of human suffering. US imperial objectives alone matter.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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