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US or Saudi Arabia; Who is Devastating Yemen?

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Following the outbreak of civil war in Yemen in 2015, Houthi forces took control of most parts of Yemen who were loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Their aim was to overthrow the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Concurrently, Saudi Arabia set up a coalition in Yemen and launched military operations by using airstrikes and other war weapons to restore the former Yemeni government of Mansur Hadi.

The Saudi Arabia intervention, included widespread civilian deaths, which has been sharply condemned by the international community. According to the statistics given by UN 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen most of whom were the civilians.

According to the documents and reports, the Saudi-led coalition was supported financially, militarily, logistically, and intelligently by the United States. It provided Fighter jets, ground forces, aerial refueling, and search-and-rescue campaigns.

Saudi Arabia, which is considered as the hand of United States in the Middle East, received a large amount of criticisms from the countries all over the world. The war, the blockades, the famine, and the cholera made a dreadful situation in which 20 million people were left in need of humanitarian assistance.

UN recognized the situation in Yemen as “humanitarian catastrophe”. It severely condemned the US and Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes which slain a large number of civilians. According to UN, the war caused a mass starvation and a cholera epidemic that is worse than any the world has witnessed in the past 50 years. “It will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator declared.

“Humanitarian operations are being blocked as a result of the closure ordered by the Saudi-led coalition,” stated Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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