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Saudi-led coalition ‘steals’ Iraq doc footage to accuse Yemen forces: Report

A combo provided by Yemen’s al-Masirah television network shows a framegrab from an American documentary about Iraq (R) and footage that has been used by the Saudi-led coalition to accuse Yemeni forces of stockpiling missiles at Yemen’s al-Hudaydah port.

The Saudi-led coalition attacking Yemen since 2015 has “stolen” excerpts from a documentary about Iraq to try to accuse Yemeni defense forces of “militarizing” Yemen’s key port city, a report says.

The report by Yemen’s al-Masirah television network came on Sunday, a day after the coalition’s spokesman Turki al-Maliki displayed the footage during an event, alleging that the Yemeni forces were using the al-Hudaydah port to stockpile missiles.

“The scenes that al-Maliki claimed were missiles in the port of al-Hudaidah were extracted from a documentary film called ‘Severe Clear,’ filmed in 2003 at the beginning of the American invasion of Iraq,” the network wrote.

The documentary essentially “presented the memoirs of First Lieutenant Mike Scotty in addition to videos that he and his colleagues from the first battalion filmed for the Marines,” it added.

The network further found it “ironic” that the spokesman had alleged during the presentation that the exact location of the missiles “cannot be disclosed.”

Leading several of its allies, the Saudi kingdom launched a war against the Arab world’s already poorest nation in March 2015. The war has been seeking to restore power in Yemen to the country’s former Riyadh-allied officials.

The coalition has stopped short of its goals, while killing tens of thousands of Yemenis through the aggression and a simultaneous siege that its has been imposing on the impoverished country, most notably al-Hudaydah, which serves as Yemen’s lifeline port of entry.

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