Saudis Issue Royal Pardon for Everything Soldiers Have Done in Yemen

Saudi Arabia Issues Royal Pardon for Everything Soldiers Have Done in Yemen

No punishment for any troops' misdeeds

Posted on July 11, 2018:ANTIWAR.con

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced that it is issuing a royal pardon for any and all Saudi t... engaged in the war in Yemen, covering all crimes related to violating military rules and discipline. They said this is to show appreciation for the “heroics” of the invading forces.

The Saudi invasion of Yemen has been widely controversial internationally. Saudi airstrikes have killed massive numbers of Yemeni civilians, and the war has also caused a famine, and the largest cholera epidemic in human history.

Faced with UN criticism, Saudi officials heavily resisted allegations of wrongdoing, and ultimately got the UN to agree that Saudi Arabia would be allowed to investigate its own forces, and police themselves. This pardon shows none of that is going to matter.

It is unclear what prompted the pardon to be offered no, as the war shows no sign of ending, and there is no suggestion from official reports that the Saudis had punished any of their troops more than nominally for war crimes in the first place.

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US-backed attack on hospital kills dozens in Yemen

... media silence

As some of America’s most prominent corporate media outlets continued their lengthy blackout of Yemen’s deepening humanitarian crisis—a catastrophe made possible by the U.S. government’s enthusiastic military and political support for Saudi Arabia’s years-long assault on the starving nation—the Saudi-led coalition on Thursday reportedly killed as many as 50 people and injured dozens more in a massive bombing campaign targeting the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah.

Horrific images, videos, and witness accounts of the bombing quickly began circulating on social media after airstrikes pounded the vicinity of al-Thawra, Hodeidah’s main public hospital.

“It is a very painful sight, parts of bodies are everywhere around the hospital gates,” an eyewitness told Reuters, as Yemeni journalists and American activists intensified calls for the U.S. media to stop looking the other way while the Trump administration fuels the ongoing massacre of Yemenis with weaponry and intelligence.

Ahmad Algohbary, a Yemeni freelance journalist, offered a glimpse at the aftermath of the Saudi-led coalition’s bombing campaign in an effort to “bring attention to the reality” of Yemen’s situation, which has been described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

Warning: The following images are disturbing.

U.K Military Industrial Cartel and Tory Government Profit from Mass Murder in Yemen

A six-year-old boy is held by his mother at a malnutrition intensive care unit at a hospital in Hodaida, Yemen. (Photo:Reuters)

Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire

MAGA on the bodies of dead children.Whatever floats your boat patriots.

'We Just Bombed a SCHOOL BUS': Outrage After US-Backed Saudi Coalition Slaughters Children in Yemen

At least 29 children were killed in the latest attack on civilians by Saudi and UAE forces, which are supported by the United States

Dozens of children—most reportedly under the age of 10—were killed and wounded by an air strike launched by the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition in Yemen on Thursday. The attack targeted a school bus. (Photo: @FrancescoRocca/Twitter)

Declarations of outrage were followed by demands for an immediate investigation on Thursday after reports that the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition slaughtered dozens of innocent civilians, including many children traveling on a school bus, when it bombed an area near a crowded market in Yemen.

The International Committee of the Red Cross reported on Twitter that its medical team had received "the bodies of 29 children, all under 15 years old" and was treating "48 injured people, among them 30 children."

The school bus that was bombed was reportedly carrying children back to religious education classes after a picnic near the city of Dahyan, according to reports from Save the Children and Al Jazeera. Local journalists reported seeing "body parts scattered" at the scene. 

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), an outspoken critic of the United States' support for the Saudi coalition, expressed fury over the attack and demanded once again that lawmakers end their complicity in the war.

Really is time to Stop the Hate,and the neocons of the NWO

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You think it makes any difference to Trump Administration if they were told US-Saudi alliance bombed a school bus in full of children & many had their limbs blown off, 50 died They will still go around giving pompous lectures on


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Saudi Arabia has been given a free pass to bomb schools and hospitals in Yemen

By removing the Saudis from a blacklist of those violating children’s rights, the UN is betraying some of the most vulnerable people on the planet

A man sits by the grave of Bilal al-Asadi, who was killed when an airstrike hit his house in Sana’a, Yemen, on 4 June 2016.

On Thursday last week, the UN secretary general listed Saudi Arabia responsible for killing children, bombing hospi....

This places Saudi Arabia and the coalition it leads in the dubious company of Isis, the Taliban, al-Shabaab and the Lord’s Resistance Army in the blacklist of organisations violating children’s rights in a conflict area.

By Monday, Saudi Arabia had been removed them from the list, erasing much of the UN’s credibility when it comes to defending human rights.

This sudden turnaround is hard to justify. The evidence that the Saudi-led coalition is bombing civilian areas in towns and cities in north Yemen is compelling.

The UN rapporteurs had found that the coalition was directly responsible for 60% of child casualties from the fighting last year, including the deaths of 510 children from bombing campaigns. They authenticated 49 bombings of schools and hospitals by Saudi Arabia in Yemen in 2015.

However, despite the evidence, the Saudis appear to have been given a free pass. Unlike the usual suspects who feature on the secretary general’s annual report on children affected by armed conflict (pdf), the Saudis have powerful friends including the UK and the US – both permanent members of the security council.

They also have other points of influence at the UN based on their funding of key UN agencies, including Unicef (pdf) – the body responsible for promoting the adoption of the UN convention of the rights of the child.

The role of the UK in supporting the coalition is particularly troubling. Over £7bn of British weapons have been sold to Saudi Arabia since 2010. The listing of the Saudi coalition in the UN report would have made it extremely difficult for the UK to continue to resist calls for an arms embargo.

In the face of all this pressure, the secretary general appears to have blinked first, betraying the most vulnerable people on the planet – the children whom this process is designed to protect.

The official UN position is that the listing was removed pending an investigation. I’m concerned this investigation could become a smokescreen to cover a retreating UN office, rather than a genuine attempt to hold Saudi Arabia to account.

The UN appears to be acting as a club for the rich and powerful, pointing the finger at rebel groups and obscure militia but covering up for the violations committed by its member states.

For War Child, which works so hard to keep children safe in the most dangerous circumstances, it is further evidence that we cannot rely on the UN to do the right thing and stand with those most at risk.

Whether the coalition is blacklisted or not, the facts are plain. Saudi bombing is killing hundreds of children and destroying the schools and hospitals on which children rely. This bombing must stop and other avenues explored to bring peace to Yemen.

The role of the UK in supporting this military campaign should also be curtailed immediately. The British government claims its advisers are working with the Saudi airforce to make sure that civilian casualties are avoided. The evidence shows that this strategy is clearly not working.

It is time for the UK to withdraw its support from this coalition, to ban sales of arms to Saudi Arabia, and to stand up for the international humanitarian laws it has committed itself to.

Rob Williams is CEO of War Child UK


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