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US, UK part of Riyadh military aggression against Yemen: Analyst

A Yemeni man injured in an airstrike by Saudi Arabia lies in bed at a hospital burn unit in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, August 9, 2015. (AFP Photo)

Press TV has interviewed Ali al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for [Persian] Gulf Affairs, in Washington, to discuss the Saudi military campaign against Yemen.

Following is a rough transcription.

Press TV: there is death and destruction going on in Yemen, committed by the Saudis. Until when do you think this war will continue?

Ahmed: Well, this war will continue until the international community led by the United States and the United Kingdom realize that they are participating in war crimes by supporting the Saudi monarchy and its dictatorial allies in bombing the Yemeni people.

The United Nations and the Security Council in particular, also must come to their senses and realize what they have done and endorsed is a crime against humanity because, this is a war that was not supposed to happen; it is an illegal and criminal war.

Press TV: As you said there, this war is illegal; why cannot Yemen take legal action then?

Ahmed: Right now the international community has given the aggressor the legal ground to attack Yemen in terms of pure legal… in the international law this is illegal but because, like everything else, the international community does not respect anything but power and without power and pressure on the UN Security Council and the governments of the US and the UK from the people of these countries and other political groups, the world will not see this war as illegal.

Even Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch has not really yet come against this war. They talk about crimes by they did not talk about the exact nature and the legal status of this war which is very clearly illegal.

Press TV: Of course, if there is international silence towards this war and of course, the media propaganda, by Western media that is, how on earth is the world is going to understand what is going on in Yemen?

Ahmed: That is why the independent grassroots movements, should stand up even to Amnesty and human rights watch and other media who have been misleading and before our eyes depicting the situation in the opposite direction. Honestly, the international media has been lying and covering up the crimes of the Saudi monarchy and its allies in Yemen.

The United States and the United Kingdom are a part of this war against the Yemeni people, like the Los Angeles Times published yesterday, the US is increasing its support to the Saudi monarchy bombing and that is why we see escalation, and the massacres of Yemeni civilians increasing everyday. 

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