Saudi-led Coalition Flouts Yemen Truce, Hinders Aid Delivery

Jul 23rd, 2015 | By | Category: News Posts
Saudi Arabia continues to bomb in Yemen, despite U.N. ceasefire.

Saudi Arabia continues to bomb in Yemen, despite U.N. ceasefire.

Excerpted from a report at DW.com.

Warplanes have not stopped their bombing campaign of Yemeni rebels despite a 6-day truce declared by the UN. Aid organizations have warned that this turn of events prevents much-need aid from reaching civilians.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “very much disappointed” as Saudi-led warplanes continued their bombing campaign of Yemeni rebels on Monday evening despite a UN-declared ceasefire that went in effect just before midnight on Friday and was supposed to last until the end of Ramadan.

According to Ban’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, the UN chief was “very much disappointed that the humanitarian pause did not take hold over the weekend,” but said that the international body had not “lost hope and discussions are ongoing.”

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which supports ousted President President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, flouted the truce by hitting rebel targets in the south of the country while on the ground the Iran-backed Shiite rebels and their allies clashed with pro-government forces. The coalition excused its continued bombardment by saying they had received no directive from Hadi to cease the campaign.

Saudi blockade preventing aid delivery

International aid organization Oxfam also expressed its dismay at the continuation of hostilities, saying that the proposed six-day truce was a much-need window for the delivery of supplies like fuel, food, water, and health services to Yemeni civilians in desperate need.

“In Yemen, fuel is critical,” read a statement from Phillipe Clerc, the Oxfam country director for Yemen. “Without adequate supplies of it, water pumps no longer operate, and the limited quantities of food and medicine in Yemen’s main ports and warehouses spoil, as they can’t be transported to the 21 million people in need of aid.”

Read the rest of this story at DW.com. Learn more about the Saudi/Obama/Al Qaeda coalition in Yemen: Al Qaeda Fights On Same Side As Saudi-Backed Militias In Yemen.

 

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