Official denounces ‘suffocating siege’ imposed by US on Yemen
The head of Yemen’s supreme political council has denounced the “suffocating siege” imposed by the United States, which has compounded the misery of war-weary people in the Arab country.
According to Press TV, Mahdi al-Mashat on Sunday termed the US-led blockade against Yemen as “part of its ongoing horrendous crimes” in the war-ravaged country.
Situated at the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, the country has been beset by violence and chaos since 2015, when Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a devastating military campaign to reinstall the former regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Sana’a.
The protracted war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni civilians and spawned the worst humanitarian catastrophe in modern world history.
Al-Mashat, pointing to the criminal collaboration between the US and the Saudi-led military coalition, asserted that the kingdom has “sought to target” Yemeni people with the “American weaponry”.
The Saudi aggression has spawned horrendous human rights abuses and led to the killing of civilians, including women and children, in the Arab country, he noted.
The official referred to the Saudi airstrikes in the afternoon of October 8, 2016, which targeted the packed Al Kubra hall in Sana’a during a funeral, claiming at least 155 lives.
He described the incident as “one of the most heinous crimes” committed against the people of Yemen, which “showed the brutality of the American and Saudi aggression”.
“The pure blood spilled in this particular incident and other such incidents has no price but freedom and independence,” al-Mashat remarked.