Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen airstrikes as United States raises humanitarian concerns

Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen airstrikes as United States raises humanitarian concerns

The extent of Iranian support to the Houthis has been debated, but the US and Britain have assisted the Saudi-led coalition with intelligence and refueling support for its airstrikes. The war has turned into one of the world's worst humanitarian crises since the Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes the following year. US-backed Saudi coalition forces renewed their attacks on Sanaa in order to back up Saleh's supporters.

A video circulating online on Monday showed Saleh's body with a gaping head wound dumped in a pickup truck by rebels — a grisly end recalling that of longtime strongman Saleh's contemporary, Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, in 2011. The Arab League's general secretariat condemned the Iran-aligned Houthi movement which killed Saleh as a "terrorist organisation" and demanded that the global community view it as such. The coalition has been striking Houthi positions, hoping that Saleh's loyalists might allow forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to return to the capital.

"I am going to fight the enemies of the humanity and the enemies of our homeland who are trying hard to erase its identity and destroy its gains and humiliate the Yemenis", said Major General Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's ambassador to the UAE and the former commander of the Republican Guard.

Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, a rebel leader, said Tuesday that "some sons" of Saleh have been hospitalized, without providing further details.

Military and government sources said the army would advance on Sanaa from the east and northeast, with at least seven battalions ordered to move forward.

"The president will soon announce a general amnesty for all those who collaborated with the Huthis in recent months and who have retracted that allegiance", said Prime Minister Ahmad Obaid bin Daghr.

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Saleh and the Houthis used to be allies in the struggle against the government headed by President Abd-Rabbu Hadi.

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the armed Houthi movement in Yemen's civil war started a blockade of ports a month ago after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired toward its capital Riyadh from Yemen.

That dealt a serious blow to his already fragile alliance with rebel chief Abdul Malik al-Huthi.

"Today marked the failure of the conspiracy and treason, a black day for the forces of aggression", he said on Al- Masirah.

The United Nations says that despite calls for a humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen "airstrikes have continued while ground fighting and shelling have been reduced".

"Ambulances and medical teams can't access injured, people can't buy food and other supplies", UNICEF's Rajat Madhok said on Twitter.

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