Does Yemeni Air Force Drone Halt US arms exports to Saudi Arabia?
The Air Force launched on Friday an attack on Military Camp belonged to the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, in Marib, with a drone, Qasif 1 in response to the constant military campaign and blockade despite the international calls to stop them against the country.
A military source confirmed that the attack hit the military Camp accurately, killing and injuring some of the paid fighters.
On Monday, their Air Force and the Artillery Unit , in a joint operation, attacked gatherings of the paid fighters on West Coast.
Earlier, the Yemeni army forces waged military operations against sites of the coalition’s paid fighters , inflicting heavy casualties, which led to the coalition’s declaration to stop military operations in Hodeidah provinces over the past weeks.
The move came after the army killed thousands of the coalition’s paid fighters,wounded others and destroyed hundreds of military vehicles few weeks ago, which led accept calls for a cease-fire and return to the negotiating table.
The coalition’s over 15 military battalions was targeted by the army in the western coast over the past month.
“In every round of aggression against Yemen, the escalation begins and then dies down, mostly without declaring a truce,” Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam wrote in a tweet on Thursday night.
“Given the recent developments in the battle on the ground, the aggressive coalition is trying to pretend that it has halted its attacks [on Hudaydah] in response to global pressure or to allow the dispatch of humanitarian aid, but that’s a big lie,” he said.
A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would halt US arms exports to Saudi Arabia as a response to the “barbaric” murder of Jamal Khashoggi, continued detention of activists and “indiscriminate” bombing campaign in Yemen.
Although the Thursday sanctions imposed by the US Treasury were unusual for Washington, which rarely imposes sanctions on Saudi nationals, they did not target the Riyadh government or affect America’s lucrative arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Fabrizio Carboni, the regional director for the Near and Middle East for the International Committee of the Red Cross on Friday said that reaching a political solution for Yemen is urgently needed.
In a statement on the situation of Yemen obtained by YemenExtra, Fabrizio Carboni said that stopping the downwards spiral in Yemen requires a combination of urgent measures: a political process back on track, a progressive de-escalation of the conflict, free circulation of imports and unimpeded access to humanitarian aid.
“While the warring sides work on reaching a sustainable resolution, the Yemeni people cannot wait,” he said.
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.