Saudis Terror-Bomb Sanaa Runway to Block Humanitarian Aid for Yemen
by Stephen Lendman
On Wednesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry blasted Riyadh’s “vindictive and inhumane” terror-bombing of Sanaa International Airport’s runway – to block Iranian humanitarian aid from arriving.
Orders to do so came from Washington. A previous article said Obama wants Yemenis starved to death or dying from unavailable medical treatment for serious terror-bombing inflicted wounds.
A Saudi spokesman called Sanaa’s runway inoperable. Brig. General Ahmed Asseri said Tehran’s cargo plane didn’t coordinate with Riyadh and ignored warnings to turn back.
The Iranian Red Crescent’s pilot ignored what he called “illegal warnings.” He said “15 minutes after entering Yemen’s airspace, Saudi fighter jets came to escort us insisting that we change our flight plan and go to Saudi Arabia.”
“Then they once again warned us to go to Saudi Arabia and land in an airport there, but we refused” – even after threats to be shot down.
“(W)hen we defied and approached the Sanaa International Airport, the Saudi warplanes targeted the airport with rockets and bombs, and when we found out that we couldn’t land in there we decided to return” to Iran after refueling in Muscat, Oman.
Press TV said the plane carried 10 tons of medicines and 13 doctors.
The New York Times
willfully deceived its readers – reporting US-sanctioned propaganda instead of hard truths. It explained the above incident as follows:
“A Saudi-led military coalition carried out at least seven airstrikes on the international airport here on Tuesday, possibly crippling the airport in order to prevent an Iranian airplane from landing, according to Saudi and Yemeni officials.”
It downplayed its mercy mission – calling it a “passenger trip.” Not a word about Saudi-led terror-bombing willfully murdering hundreds of noncombatant Yemeni men, women and children.
Silence about Obama’s war planned months ago to regain control over a former client state – no matter the cost in human lives and welfare. Regardless of grave international law violations.
Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned Riyadh – saying its aggression and blockade “will not remain unanswered.”
“Saudi Arabia is not entitled to decide for others in the region,” he stressed. Last weekend, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) blasted Riyadh’s blocking humanitarian aid from reaching desperately in need Yemenis.
US orchestrated/Saudi-led naked aggression violates core international law. Blocking humanitarian aid compounds the supreme high crime against peace.
Yemenis desperately need food, clean water, medical supplies and other essentials to life. Washington and Riyadh want them denied.
At least 10 aid ships carrying wheat and corn are blocked from unloading their cargos.
Most Yemenis are food insecure. They lack access to clean water. The entire country is running of out fuel.
Syrian Youth Movement activist Dani Maki said “(w)e have no water. We have no electricity.”
“There was even a shortage of communications because of the lack of fuel. In the words of the UN, it’s a catastrophe.”
“The richest country in the Arab world is bombing the poorest country, so the fact that Saudi Arabia could have any humanitarian narrative in Yemen is completely baseless, and it is hell bent on fighting these Houthi rebels at the expense of the entire Yemeni population.”
Humanitarian agencies can’t deliver aid. Oxfam’s Imad Aoun said “(t)he closure of the import routes has definitely impacted us, but it has also impacted the rest of the Yemenis.”
“We know that in Hadida they have been out of water for two or three days now, and that’s a city of half a million people.”
If conflict persists longterm, millions of Yemenis may perish. Media scoundrels ignore what’s heading for becoming one of history’s great crimes – one of many on Washington’s rap sheet, Republicans and Democrats sharing equal guilt.
On Wednesday, Iranian MPs condemned Saudi-led aggression and blocking humanitarian aid. They issued a statement saying:
“We as representatives of the great Iranian nation deplore this inhumane attempt and strongly ask the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to help the oppressed Yemeni nation and not allow the Al Saud tyrants to continue genocide in Yemen.”
They compared Saudi-led dirty war without mercy to Israel’s 2014 Operation Protective Edge – genocidal mass murder by any standard.
“It is for over one month now that the criminal regime of Al Saud is brutally striking the oppressed Yemeni nation with the help and at the order of the US and the Zionist regime, exposing its real image to the Muslim world,” their statement added.
Conflict persists into its second month with no end in sight. Scores die daily. Many more suffer disabling injuries.
Deprivation haunts the country. It bears repeating. Millions of Yemenis face possible starvation, death from untreated wounds, and appalling human misery words can’t explain.
Obama bears full responsibility. It’s his war planned months ago – another atrocity on his rap sheet, using Saudis and other regional rogue states to do his dirty work.
Who’s next on his target list to destroy? How many more millions may perish on his watch?
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