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Saudi war on Yemen to benefit ISIL, al-Qaeda: Commentator

Yemeni men walk amidst the debris of a house destroyed in a Saudi airstrike in the capital Sana’a on July 6, 2015. (AFP photo)

Press TV has conducted an interview with Naseer al-Omari, writer and political commentator in New York, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military aggression against Yemen.

Following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: More than a hundred days into the Saudi war on Yemen, just how much has Saudi Arabia gained its objectives?

Omari: Well not at all. It has not gained any objectives. Yemen is wrecked, it does not have a functioning government and to be honest with you there is no end in sight. The suffering of the Yemenis goes on and it seems that the Saudis are happy as long as the Houthis are not getting any foothold in the country. The Yemeni people are paying the price and now we hear that ISIS and al-Qaeda are moving in so the real winners here are going to be eventually ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Press TV: Why is it that the war on Yemen is very rarely reported in western media?

Omari: Well it is said, it is believed widely that Yemen is a forgotten war from the day that it started. Yemen is a poor country, it does not have any oil, it does not have any resources, functioning economy, it needs a lot of help and therefore nobody cares about Yemen, nobody cares about Syria but there are people all over the world who were more than happy to support the Saudi royal family because they know that the result of that support will be weapons deals, will be oil, will be money thrown around. So it is unfortunate that the Saudi royal family had done this to the Yemenis for no purpose.

Press TV: So until when will this war continue, do you think?

Omari: Well I am sad to say that there is no end in sight. Today we have seen escalation in the death and destruction of the country. I believe that the international community has to step in to make sure that an end is put to this war so that we do not see millions of Yemenis fall into absolute poverty. But to be honest with you it is not even covered properly in the media. So too bad for Yemen and this is a very, very unfortunate situation for these very, very patient people.



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