21 November 2018   Leave a comment

The British charity, Save the Children, estimates that 85,000 children under the age of five may have died from malnutrition in the war in Yemen.  The Saudi Arabian-led coalition continues to strike targets in Yemen even though the US has stopped refueling Saudi jets and Saudi Arabia clearly intends to strangle humanitarian assistance flowing to civilians through the port of Hudaydah.  In his statement yesterday, US President Trump blamed Iran for the catastrophe:  “On the other hand, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. They would immediately provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance.”  That point of view overestimates the support that the Houthi rebels in Yemen have received from Iran.  The war began as an internal struggle in Yemen as part of the Arab Spring–it has escalated largely because of the Saudi fears of losing control over Yemen.

 

Posted November 21, 2018 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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