US Senator Bernie Sanders has called the Saudi-led war on the impoverished Yemen a “moral disaster” for Washington, saying counter-terrorism operations against “violent extremists” such as the al-Qaeda and the Daesh terrorist groups in Yemen has undermined by the military campaign .
The 77-year-old Vermont independent also said the White House must urgently redefine its relationship with Riyadh, according to an article in The New York Times on Wednesday
“Saudis do not have a blank check to continue violating human rights” said Sanders, adding that their war in Yemen, which started in 2015, has “created a humanitarian disaster in one of the world’s poorest countries.
Also in the same article, Sanders pointed to the fact that fertile ground” for terrorist groups such as Daesh and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to further grow in the impoverished country and “deepen” their presence there was causes by the chaos in Yemen, aggravated by the Saudi-led military coalition, “.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 60,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.