UN, Red Cross Evacuate Staff From Yemen Port City Ahead Of "Imminent" US-Saudi Coalition Assault

The New York Times reports that the United Nations is pulling its staff from the besieged Yemeni port city of Al Hudaydah as a massive assault on the country's only major humanitarian lifeline appears imminent. 

UN staff have played a key role in delivering foreign aid through what is now one of the besieged country's only humanitarian access points to the outside world, through which 80% of all humanitarian aid flows. 

The NYT details that the UN evacuation comes after "member countries were told that an attack by forces led by the United Arab Emirates was imminent, according to two diplomats briefed on the matter."

Image source: Al Masdar News

Houthi and other allied Yemeni tribal forces have held the port city of 600,000 for the last two years after ousting the Saudi backed government in Sanaa three years ago. The Saudi-US military coalition currently besieging the country through airstrikes and sea blockade claims Al Hudaydah is a key arms smuggling point through which Iran supplies the Shia Houthis, including sophisticated ballistic missiles which have hit locations inside Saudi Arabia within the past year

Iran has denied that it is a party to the war which has claimed many tens of thousands of casualties — both through direct fighting and through starvation and disease. 

While acknowledging the US to be a major part of the coalition preparing for the attack on Al Hudaydah, the NYT has still managed to paint the US-Saudi-Emirati forces as benevolent-minded saviors bent on rescuing Yemeni civilians. 

While first noting that "Yemen is already classified as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster" with "more than 75 percent of the population... dependent on food aid" and as "millions are on the brink of starvationthe NYT report absurdly emphasizes that only the Americans can stave off disaster: "Diplomats in the region say they believe that only more pressure from Washington will stop the planned assault."

Thus while the Pentagon has long been at the forefront of the war on Yemen which has caused the deaths of thousands of children, according to one leaked UN report from last summer, the NYT presents the US role as, in our words, 'reluctant humanitarian aggressors' of some sort. 

The NYT report continues:

But any full-scale attack on the port would be highly contentious. American officials have warned the Emirati and Saudi governments that an offensive would result in a quagmire. The United Nations says it could cause more than a quarter of a million civilian casualties.

So the NYT wants us to believe that American officials have constantly "warned" the Saudis against committing war crimes on a massive scale while simultaneously leading the very coalition committing the aggression with overwhelming firepower? It's really just par for the MSM course.

It bears continually repeating that the US itself has played a lead and integral part of the coalition (also including Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, Sudan, and with the UK as a huge supplier of weapons) fighting Shia Houthi rebels, which overran the Yemen’s north in 2014. Saudi airstrikes on the impoverished country, which have killed many thousands of civilians and displaced tens of thousands, have involved the direct targetting assistance of US intelligence and use of American military hardware.

Meanwhile, Cholera has made a comeback amidst the appalling war-time conditions, and civilian infrastructure such as hospitals have been bombed by the Saudi-US operations. 

The humanitarian situation is set to escalate further, however, as the International Committee for the Red Cross has already removed its staff from Al Hudaydah over the weekend ahead of impending coalition aerial attack. 

According to the Times, UN negotiators are working on a deal with Houthi authorities in control of the port city to hand it over to the temporary administration of the United Nations:

The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has been working to forge an agreement with the Houthis to hand over control of the city and its port to the international body, depriving the Emiratis and Saudis of their rationale for an attack. Diplomats familiar with the situation say that while he has made progress, it is unclear whether Riyadh and Abu Dhabi would back any such breakthrough.

The NYT further reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "said in a statement that he had spoken to Emirati leaders to emphasize the American wish to keep humanitarian supply lines open and to preserve a political process between the opposing sides in Yemen." Pompeo emphasized the US “desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and lifesaving commercial imports,” according to the statement

This appears code for we will keep bombing the hell out of Yemen but reserve the right to dress it up as 'humanitarian'.

The Houthis are not likely to trust such a scheme as the UN is seen as a Western and US-dominated institution that does the Saudis' bidding. 

After all, it remains the case that Saudi Arabia sits on the UN Human Rights Council and within the past years has even held leadership positions within the body. Not only is Saudi Arabia currently massacring civilians in Yemen, but each year sets new record-breaking numbers of domestic sharia court ordered beheadings, including for non-violent offenses like drugs or bizarre accusations of "sorcery" (often a euphemism converting from Islam).

Comments

r0mulus beemasters Mon, 06/11/2018 - 17:33 Permalink

Hope the Saudis, Emiratis and ultimately the US lose this fight.
There is nothing going on in Yemen that has anything remotely to do with the business of any tax-paying american over here in the states.

This is just more perverse MIC adventurism abroad, gone wild.
The Saudis in particular are medieval warmongers that don't belong in the 21st century. It's a fucking embarrassment to the "USA" that they are counted among their allies.

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Uchtdorf TBT or not TBT Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:55 Permalink

Yessiree, the Trump fans here on ZH are studiously ignoring this thread, aren't they? Americans, including me, are stone-cold killers of innocent people in Yemen. Can we please stop selling those butchers that run the Arabian Peninsula all the weapons?

You know Trump is a NWO puppet, just like Billary, due to:

1. his administration being full of CFR and warmongers like Bolton and Pompeo and Ross and Mnuchin

2. the continued operations of the Federal Reserve. Oh, Marriner, why did you sell your soul for that which doth corrupt?

3. ...Why do you even need a #3?

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I Am Jack's Ma… Adolfsteinbergovitch Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:00 Permalink

Remember all that evidence that Iran has supplied Yemenis with ballistic missiles?

Me neither, Haley's Netanyahu-like evidence-free performance aside.  They had shitty ballistic missiles - no evidence they weren't indigenous.  Nor are the Houthi likely to get small arms via sea from Iran when AFRICA is right next door - more lies.

Nor are they the same type of Shia as Iranians - and they're Arab and Yemeni - fighting for their own country, not as part of some religious war.  They simply don't want to be ruled by a US/Saudi puppet.

 

Pretty amazing to see the outrage at Yemenis shooting mostly harmless missiles, a few of them, at the Saudis, who have plainly been bombing schools and hospitals and infrastructure for years.

 

All to control Yemen and its ports and any offshore gas/oil.

 

The New York Times is absolute Zioglobalist propaganda.  I hope an asteroid hits it.

 

 

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Jim in MN Jim in MN Mon, 06/11/2018 - 16:50 Permalink

With Syria winding down and the Taliban accepting the first cease fire in their entire history in Afghanistan, Yemen is now isolated as the ONLY HOT WAR LEFT ON EARTH.

Oh, surprised?  The news didn't feed you that information?  Well, fucking look it up.  Some militias here, a few terrorists there, some ethnic suppression, but no organized heavy weapons units laying waste to towns and neighborhoods.  Unless Israel is murdering some more.

But, yes, overall entire continents, including Africa and Latin America, are at peace this fine Monday.

Peace---the most frightening prospect possible for the neolibcon globalist elites.

It's here. 

What do we do with it?

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taketheredpill Mon, 06/11/2018 - 16:58 Permalink

"Iran has denied that it is a party to the war which has claimed many tens of thousands of casualties — both through direct fighting and through starvation and disease."

 

Saudi blockade partly responsible for Starvation Death Rate of 130 KIDS/DAY.

 

Assholes.

MK ULTRA Alpha taketheredpill Mon, 06/11/2018 - 17:21 Permalink

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are at war with Iran. It's a religious war between the Shia and the Sunni.

Saudi Arabia has spread a virus of a religion which has caused genocide of Christians all over the middle east. The Sunni are killing off Shia and Christians at a rate one would have to use the word, "genocide". And America helps fund and arm the genocide wars.

The US backs Saudi Arabia, the US is responsible for killing Christians. It's rare for this country to oppose the kill off of the Christians in the middle east. Obama administration only allowed Muslim refugees not Christians.

The US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar organized, trained, armed and funded ISIS and it's genocidal rampage. (Clinton and her Khazar Jews in the state department working with the CIA, started the war backed by a dumb Obama, smart war he called it.)

This country promotes and funds Zionism and it's destruction of peoples in many nations. The Christians in the US promote the kill off of Christians in the Middle east without one word calling out the genocide.

Over 500,000 Syrian Christians have been killed in a methodically genocide paid for by the US and promoted by the US. Iraq, Egypt, wherever there was a Christians minority, they were slaughtered and the US said nothing and did nothing to help them. It was the opposite, the US was for the genocide. Still are, did you hear Mattis, more wars for Israel.

Christianity in America is Zionist Christianity, a cult of evil murderers. That's Christianity in America, lying, thieving, murderers driven by their racial belief system by a brainwashing MSM mind control system which lies all the time. They believe the lies, is it brainwashing or being driven by a calculated mind control campaign of racial hate driven by Jew controlled MSM.

We are to believe because the Jews are God's chosen people and because of the Zionist Christian racial caste system of Jew on top, then whites, with the blacks on the bottom it is perfectly normal to genocide people when told by the Jews to do so. It's God's will. It's sick.

Are you a sick American? Are you brainwashed, use that excuse, that you're brainwashed to hide from the fact that America is murder incorporated.

 

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taketheredpill Mon, 06/11/2018 - 17:03 Permalink

"Saudi Arabia sits on the UN Human Rights Council and within the past years has even held leadership positions within the body. Not only is Saudi Arabia currently massacring civilians in Yemen, but each year sets new record-breaking numbers of domestic sharia court ordered beheadings, including for non-violent offenses like drugs or bizarre accusations of "sorcery" (often a euphemism converting from Islam)."

 

So which U.S. allies don't behead people (or boil them alive...Uzbekistan)?

 

SpanishGoop Mon, 06/11/2018 - 17:04 Permalink

If that happens i so fucking hope that Iran has some hypersonic nukes ready to fire into SA.

I will gladly pay $20 a gallon just to see that happen.

 

 

geno-econ Mon, 06/11/2018 - 17:08 Permalink

Pompeo, Trump and Bolton following Cheney with blood on their hands for the wrong reason.  Waste of money, lives, human value and American idealism.  Shame, shame, shame for sucking to unwarranted Royal Saudi OIL imperialism with a feudal Monarchy.   Putin also has oil and rich in other resources but is treated differently----why ?