Foreign Policy (FP) reported that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have been punching above their weight when it comes to pressuring the world community to turn a blind eye to the excesses of the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. FP’s Colum Lynch delivers the important story of how Saudi and Gulf diplomats have squashed a series of critical United Nations reports over the past year that have called the coalition out on some of its worst excesses, including bombing civilian targets, and helping create a massive humanitarian disaster.
Over the past year, more than 10,000 children under the age of 5 have died from preventable diseases, according to estimates by UNICEF, and 2.5 million people have been displaced from their homes,” FP said. They added “the war couldn’t be fought the way it is without Washington’s help.”
According to FP’s Colum, American military planes have flown hundreds of refueling missions over the past year to top off Saudi and Emirati bombers, and U.S. and British military analysts are deeply involved in helping the Saudis sift through intelligence about who, and what, to strike next. Whether or not the Saudis take that advice is another matter.
FP also reported that about 2,000 Yemeni government forces and troops from the United Arab Emirates recaptured Yemen’s largest oil export terminal at Ash Shihr from al Qaeda on Monday, about a day after pushing the militants out of the nearby town of Al Mukalla.