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World must stop US, Saudi crimes in Yemen: Activist

Yemenis stand around a crater caused by Saudi air strikes in the capital Sana’a on October 1, 2015. (© AFP)

Press TV has interviewed Tighe Barry, an activist with CODEPINK in Washington, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military aggression against Yemen.

What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Death toll from attacking a wedding ceremony is just 51 alone right there. Those figures are extremely harrowing specifically when you put it into the context of the international silence?

Barry: This is a very sad day overall. We see the focus in the United States being on the war crimes of the United States bombing Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Afghanistan. We see the focus being taken off the humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Yemen, every single day a hospital is being bombed by the Saudi aggressors.

Saudi Arabia is invading, they call it a coalition but we know that it is the United States and Saudi Arabia is the coalition. The United States supplies the military might, the military equipment, the logistics and the planning, and the Saudi government pays its mercenaries to commit these humanitarian crimes, these war crimes, in Yemen every single day.

This is the second wedding party that has been struck. The last one was 72 people. When is this going to stop? When is the world community going to understand that it needs to hold the United States and Saudi Arabia and its aggressive nature in check? They need to be taken to task and we know that Saudi Arabia is the one that is funding these [ISIL] fighters in Iraq and Syria. We know that Saudi Arabia is not complying with international banking standards and people are withdrawing millions of dollars stuffing them in their suitcases and carrying them across the border into Syria, into Iraq, into wherever they want to, to foment violence, and the world community needs to step up to the plate and hold Saudi Arabia accountable and the United States. The war crimes are consistent, ongoing and they need to be held accountable or this will not stop.

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