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Yemen condemns intl. silence on crimes of Saudi-backed Daesh, al-Qaeda

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in New York, March 2018. (UN Photo)

The head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council has slammed the world community for remaining tight-lipped on the crimes that the Takfiri Daesh and al-Qaeda terror groups have been perpetrating against the Yemenis with backing from the Saudi-led coalition of aggressors.

In a message marking Eid al-Adha (feast of sacrifice) on Tuesday, Mahdi al-Mashat took the UN and the entire global community to task for refusing to speak out against the “criminal actions” of Daesh and al-Qaeda in Yemen, which, he said, take place with the support of Riyadh and its allied invaders.

Mashat called on the world body to recalibrate its position on the protracted war in Yemen and to end the policy of double standards in the war-ravaged country.

He likewise slammed the global community for not condemning the recent execution by Daesh of two Yemeni captives, accusing it of “ignoring the will and rights of the Yemeni people.”

The Saudi-backed mercenaries of al-Qaeda and Daesh beheaded two Yemeni captives Saqr Ghanem Rashid Hussein al-Maliki and Mohammed Ahmed Murshid Tawaf in Bayda on Friday.

The Yemeni official also lauded the country’s resistance forces and people for achieving a “great victory” over Saudi- and US-backed foreign mercenaries in restive Bayda Province recently.

“With the defeat of the enemy in the battle of Bayda, the Yemeni people removed the last remaining masks from the face of the US and the international community,” he was quoted as saying by al-Masirah. “No one has the right to blame us or condemn our right to defend our country and our people as long as the aggression and siege continues.”

The senior government official blasted the Saudi-led coalition’s insistence on using siege and starvation as weapons of war in Yemen, terming it “a clear violation of international law.”

Sana’a open to peace

Meanwhile, Mashat expressed readiness for “serious and sincere peace negotiations” to resolve the country’s crisis, after the siege is lifted by the foreign invaders.

“We declare our desire for a just, inclusive and lasting peace and the beginning of serious talks based on lifting the siege, stopping the aggression, ending the occupation and addressing the effects and consequences of war,” he said in his speech.

Extending greetings to the Yemeni people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, Mashat said the oppressors have tried to “turn the holidays, special occasions and joys of our children into sorrow through tragedies, war, siege and destruction.”

ICRC condemns executions

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday condemned the war crimes committed by the Saudi-led mercenaries in Yemen, especially the execution of the two Yemeni captives.

In a statement, the global body urged all parties “to take every possible measure to protect civilians and their properties.”

“Every party has an obligation to treat the wounded, including the wounded of the other party, and to search for and recover the bodies of persons who have been killed during fighting, irrespective of the side they belong to,” it said.

The ICRC is concerned by the humanitarian consequences of the intensifying violence in Al-Bayda governorate over the last couple of weeks.

— ICRC Yemen (@ICRC_ye) July 19, 2021

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and its regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of planting the regime of former President Mansur Hadi in Sana’a and pummeling the popular Ansarullah movement by force.

The Saudi-imposed war has left hundreds of thousands dead, and displaced millions more. The war has also destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and led to a worst humanitarian catastrophe.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the invaders, seizing back control of large swaths of the occupied territory.

On the ground

In the southern province of Lahij, there are reports of dramatic shifts taking place on the ground, with forces loyal to Mansur Hadi pitted against UAE-backed separatists, both vying for control over territories.

Meanwhile, according to Arabic-language Vikalat Sahafiyat al-Yameniyat news website, a number of US troops have in recent days arrived at Aden Airport in southern Yemen and then moved to Lahij Province, after withdrawing from Afghanistan

The US has also reportedly transferred dozens of military vehicles, UAVs, Patriot systems to the al-Anad airbase in Lahij Province, considered the most important base in the Gulf of Aden.

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