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Commanders: S. Arabia Intensifies War in Yemen after Omission from Child Killers List

12 June 2016 10:36

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Yemeni commanders revealed that the UN move to take off the name of Saudi Arabia from the list of violators of children’s rights has emboldened Riyadh to intensify its attacks against Yemen.

“The Saudi fighter jets are still launching strikes against the innocent Yemeni people as the UN excluded the name of Saudi Arabia from the blacklist of violators of children’s rights,” Khamis Zahir al-Hamdani, a Yemeni military commander, told FNA on Saturday.

He said that during the past 24 hours, the Saudi fighter jets have killed 5 civilians in al-Jawf province wounding 3 others people.

Also, the Saudi-led coalition’s warplanes bombed different parts of Harf al-Safian city in al-Imran province four times in the past 24 hours, Hamdani said, adding that the coalition also launched missile and artillery attacks against different regions in Sana’a.

Saudi Arabia has been waging a war on Yemen since late March 2015 in a bid to reinstate Mansour Hadi and undermine the Ansarullah movement, which took over state matters after Hadi resigned.

Over 9,800 Yemenis, including 4,000 women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.

Yemenis, in return, have been carrying out retaliatory attacks on the pro-Saudi forces deployed in the country as well as targets inside Saudi Arabia.

This is while UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon announced that Saudi Arabia will be removed, pending investigation, from a blacklist it was on for its role in killing children in the Yemen war, prompting blackmail speculation.

Ban has since as good as confirmed the Saudis subjected him to extortion and condemned them for going too far, while stories have circulated they blackmailed him and threatened to pull funding for a raft of humanitarian programs.

Ban complained of “unacceptable” and “undue pressure” to take the Saudis off a blacklist for killing children.

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