United States To Further Support And Arm The Saudi-led Coalition, Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen
The alliance led by Saudi Arabia currently bombing the rebels in Yemen, is being increasingly supported by the United States of America. US diplomat announced on Tuesday that Washington will supply the coalition with arms, and share the valuable intelligence data.
A coordination center has been established in Saudi Arabia, one of the most valuable allies of the United States, said Antony Blinken, United States Deputy Secretary of State. The world’s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia has led the air strikes on the Houthi rebels which control the majority of the territory in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is a Sunni kingdom, while the Houthi are predominantly Shi’ite. Blinken told the press in Riyadh that “Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message to the Houthis and their allies that they cannot overrun Yemen by force.” The Deputy Secretary of State added that “As part of that effort, we have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operation center.”
The Saudi led alliance bombing has been condemned by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme leader of Iran, stating that the solution for the Yemen crisis in stopping the bombing and the foreign interference. In his statement to the Iran’s TV station, he concluded that “It’s the Yemenis who need to make the decisions about the future of their country.”
While the heavy fighting between the official forces and the al-Qaida rebels continue, the country is heading towards a humanitarian disaster, United Nations report claims. The report, released on Tuesday, said that 74 children was among the 549 casualties in Yemen. The permission from the Saudi Arabia and its allies is needed for the medical and sanitation aid to be shipped to Yemen by the Red Cross and the United Nations. The first two airplanes taking more than 48 tons of medical aid are expected to land in Yemen on Wednesday.