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UN must take real action against Saudi crimes in Yemen: Analyst

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

Press TV has interviewed Omar Nashabe, with Al-Akhbar newspaper from Beirut, and Baraa Shiban, with the Yemeni National Dialogue Conference from Geneva, to discuss the latest developments in Yemen amid relentless Saudi attacks.

Nashabe says the United Nations should do more to end the Saudi war on Yemen, but there is no consensus in the UN Security Council to condemn the Riyadh regime’s human rights violations in the neighboring state.

He adds that the international aid is insufficient as the Yemeni people are suffering from severe food and medicine shortages.

The journalist says thousands of Yemenis, including more than 2,000 children, have been slaughtered during the Saudi aggression that began nearly a year ago.

He also says the countries helping the Al Saud regime in its military campaign are violating the Geneva Convention by bombing civilian targets in Yemen and depriving the impoverished country of relief aid.

The Yemeni conflict could only be resolved if Riyadh ends its deadly war, Nashabe says.

Shiban, for his part, highlights the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen and says the United Nations cannot do much to stop the conflict and bring the involved sides to the negotiating table.  

The world body has condemned the Saudi crimes against Yemenis, but mere statements will not help improve the dire situation in the Arabian Peninsula state, Shiban adds.

He also accuses the Houthi fighters, who are backing the army, of preventing aid delivery to the Yemenis.

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