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Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for Yemen war: Pundit

Yemeni fighters walk amidst the debris of a house destroyed in a Saudi airstrike in the capital Sana’a on July 3, 2015. (©AFP)

Press TV conducts an interview with Hazem Salem, a political activist and commentator in Cairo, and the former US Chief of Mission in Iraq Edward Peck, from Washington, to discuss an Amnesty International report condemning Saudi attacks against neighboring Yemen.

Salem believes Amnesty’s report on the Saudi bombing campaign against Yemen is insufficient, stressing that “there are more to be investigated about the war crimes committed” by the Riyadh regime against its impoverished southern neighbor.

He criticizes the rulers in Riyadh for pushing to advance their own interests in the war on Yemen, saying all countries must abide by the international law, and that the Saudi kingdom is no exception.

The analyst also censures the United States for adopting a double-standard approach and supporting Saudi Arabia’s ongoing aggression against Yemen, saying Washington sees its Saudi ally as an exception and turns a blind eye to the kingdom’s violations of international law.

The US and the UK “intentionally” refuse to respect international regulations by providing the Saudis with weapons to bomb Yemen’s infrastructure and civilians.

Peck, for his part, defends the goals the Saudi regime is pursuing in the campaign against Yemen, rejecting ideas that Washington’s move to provide Riyadh with weapons runs contrary to international law.

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