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Saudis enjoy world support in Yemen war: Activist

Yemenis inspect the damage following a Saudi airstrike in the capital Sana’a, on February 27, 2016. (AFP photo)

Press TV has interviewed Hussain al-Bukhaiti, an activist and political commentator in Sana’a, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military aggression against Yemen.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.


Press TV: Of course again we are witnessing another brutal day in Yemen with more people being killed, still we do not hear a lot from the international community as we have talked about before. At this point in time the Yemeni people tell me overall, do they put any hope in other entities getting involved or they feel that they have to do this alone?

Bukhaiti: I think they have lost all the hope on the international community. Just about three days ago after the resolution by the European Parliament which called for a total embargo of weapons to Saudi Arabia and its coalition, Yemeni people started to get a bit of hope especially from European Parliament not from the actual parliament in the UK, France on this country and you have seen that the Saudis have not given any thought to this new call to stop selling their weapons.

And they have targeted today a market in Nehm area which they have said that they have controlled it before which they did as well targeted three weeks ago and just let me summarize some of the attacks they have done on market, this is just a fraction. In 12th of May about over 70 people were killed and injured in Zabid old market west of Hudaydah. Of course Sa’ada old market with 300 shops was totally destroyed in the first two months. On the 24th of June al-Hazm market in al-Jawf was targeted and over 36 were killed in that market, 7th of July 45 killed in al-Joob market in Amran, north Sana’a and on 15th of September in Duran market in my city of Dhamar 18 killed and 14 injured and on the 20th of September 51 killed in … market in Sa’ada. This is just a fraction what I can remember and what I could have searched in the time while I was waiting for your call and this shows that the Saudis are not …, actually they are sure that the international community is [in] their pocket as long as the US and many countries in the Security Council making billions of dollars in sales [of] weapons to Saudis and their partners in the [Persian] Gulf states and John Kerry in his latest conference with the Saudi foreign minister has said that they stand by the Saudis against what he called at that time the danger of Houthi rebels and this shows you that there is nothing going to be done and the only thing that the Yemeni will have to do is to continue fighting the Saudis and their mercenaries inside Yemen and as well at the border of the southern Saudi.

Press TV: Why do you think that, you have just read of several days throughout last year and talking [about] how the Saudi regime has attacked markets and we have seen so much of this, residential areas, areas where people would gather, not military installation. Why do you think that more and more we are seeing regular civilians just continually being targeted by the Saudis then at least been targeting military installations?

Bukhaiti: Yes of course the Saudis have started at the beginning of the war to target, I think in the first several days, to target military installations but after that they have relied that the Yemeni did not submit to the Saudis so they started their blockade, they started targeting ports and as well airports and as well markets, schools, all infrastructure in Yemen, companies, factories, farms, as well wheat silos and as well chicken farms.

They are doing that just they want the Yemeni people kind of to get fed up with this war, to get tired of this blockade because they have not succeed with the blockade to get our submission so they are trying everything and they will target more of this infrastructure, they will keep targeting more towns and cities and just two months ago they have targeted for the first time with the cluster bomb in the capital of Sana’a and this shows you the amount of arrogance that the Saudis have to target the capital of Yemen, the capital where there are about 3 million people living there and it might be half million more as well because many people have fled the south and many areas and Ta’izz and Sa’ada and half come to Sana’a and they know there are a lot of media in Sana’a but they are arrogant, just I think they are hundred percent sure that all international community will back them whatever they do as long as they sell them their cheap oil.


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