End senseless war in Yemen, Dr Mahathir urges Saudis

Yemeni women sitting near their malnourished children receiving treatment amid worsening malnutrition in the emergency ward of a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. More than 50,000 children under the age of 15 in Yemen are at risk of death from severe acute malnutrition by year-end after more than two years of escalating conflict between Yemen's Saudi-backed government forces and the Houthi rebels. – EPA pic, November 17, 2017.

DR Mahathir Mohamad issued an open letter today to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and Yemen to end the conflict in Yemen.

The Perdana Global Peace Foundation chairman and former prime minister said Malaysians share his appeal in urging an end to the “terrible war” where thousands have died and one million Yemeni children are starving.

“Muslims feel ashamed. Please stop this senseless slaughter,” Dr Mahathir said.

The Saudi-led coalition has refused to lift its blockade of Yemen, shutting down its sea and air ports as well as borders on November 6 in response to a missile attack by the Iran-backed Huthi rebels near Riyadh.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio wrote to the Saudi ambassador yesterday to ask for an end to the blockade which he said “is already reversing the impact of humanitarian efforts”, reports AFP.

“The secretary-general is very much disappointed that we have not seen a lifting of the blockade,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. 

Guterres and his top aid officials are “heartbroken at the scenes we are seeing from Yemen and the risk of continued suffering of the Yemeni people”, Dujarric added.

“This is a man-made crisis,” said Dujarric, adding that Guterres had called it a “stupid war”.

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world’s number one humanitarian crisis, with 17 million people in need of food, seven million of whom are at risk of famine. 

Yemen is also battling one of the world’s worst outbreaks of cholera, that has left nearly one million people ill and killed 2,200 people. – November 17, 2017.

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  • But Tun does know that that Yemen, just like Syria, is part of an ongoing proxy war between KSA and Iran (nevermind their respective backers and their interest), for influence. The KSA government jumped into Yemen's internal strife two years ago for precisely this reason. Ending the Yemeni crisis by the former is akin to admitting defeat to the latter. Like it or not, this is KSA's own Vietnam War that it can't get out of easily.

    Posted 6 years ago by Adam Ismail · Reply