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Saudi Arabia waging war of attrition on Yemen: Pundit

A Yemeni infant suffering from malnutrition waits for treatment at a medical center in Bani Hawat, on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on January 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick has warned of a deepening food crisis in the country under the massive Saudi military offensive, saying almost a quarter of Yemen’s 27 million population are facing starvation.

Lawrence Davidson, a professor at West Chester University, believes that the Saudi military aggression against Yemen is essentially turning into a “war of attrition.”

“I think, from the Saudi standpoint, they are probably willing to see the population of Yemen die, particularly the Shias,” he told Press TV, adding that “Western countries - the United States and the Europeans - are going to stay out of it under the guise or the rationale that it is somebody else’s business.”

Therefore, he said, it can be assumed that no action will be taken to stop the brutal Saudi war as has been proven in the past.  

Davidson also predicted that Saudi Arabia would continue its attacks against Yemen for a very long time until the costs of the war become “unsustainable.”

He opined that the only way to put an end to the Saudi aggression would be "if their suppliers, their allies and those who could make their situation worse do so," and that, he said, is not going to happen.

The academic further warned that there might be a sort of “genocidal reduction” in the population of Yemen given the fact that nothing is being done to stop Saudi Arabia.  

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly bombing Yemen since March 2015. Based on latest tallies, the war has claimed the lives of over 11,400 Yemenis, including women and children. It has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure.

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