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Saudis conducting war of genocide in Yemen: Analyst

A Yemeni watches from the roof of a building as people inspect the debris of a house destroyed in an airstrike by Saudi Arabia in the capital, Sana’a, July 3, 2015. (AFP photo)

Press TV has conducted an interview with Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of Pan-African News Wire in Detroit, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military aggression against Yemen.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.


Press TV: A hundred days into the Saudi war on Yemen. Do you think Saudi Arabia has got what it was after?

Azikiwe: Absolutely not. All they are doing is creating more destruction and death and displacement inside Yemen and it is spreading to other countries throughout the region even the Horn of Africa across the Red Sea.

This is clearly a war of genocide. The United Nations recognizes that there is a looming humanitarian crisis inside the country. Some people have even described the current situation in Yemen as bordering on famine. What the Saudi [P]GCC alliance is doing it is bombing  airstrips, it is bombing ports, it is preventing medicines and foods from getting inside the country. They have knocked out electricity, power lines. It is clearly a war against the Yemeni people.  

Press TV: And how can Yemen take legal action against Saudi Arabia when we see no concrete action by the United Nations and the international community?

Azikiwe: Yemen is a very underdeveloped state but at the same time it occupies a strategic location in the Arabian Peninsula and also offshore in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, where tremendous amount of international commerce and defense equipment flows through every single day. So this is what is at stake and the United States is supplying intelligence, a re-fueling technology to the Saudi, [P]GCC and their allies, planes for carrying out these atrocities against the people in Yemen and they are propping up the ousted president Hadi, who is refusing to negotiate a ceasefire saying that the only solution to the crisis in Yemen is to reinstall him in power there. So his position is totally untenable.


Press TV: How much do you think diplomacy could solve the crisis in Yemen?

Azikiwe: Well we saw the sabotage of the recent talks in Geneva. This was done by the forces that are supporting Hadi, being Riyadh, and of course this is not helping the situation of the people at all in Yemen and this war is also spreading now into eastern Saudi Arabia where attacks have been carried out by the Ansarullah forces.

So the conflict is becoming more regionalized and it has to be a regional as well as an international solution but as long as the United States is calling the shots in this, because they were essentially forced to withdraw from Yemen, then there is going to be very difficult to reach any type of solution politically.


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