US urges Saudi-led coalition to stop airstrikes in ‘populated areas’ of Yemen
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has urged the Saudi-led coalition
to stop airstrikes in heavily populated Yemen, shortly after Defense
Secretary Jim Mattis said a that long-lasting ceasefire is the only
is now for the cessation of hostilities, including missile and UAV
strikes from Houthi-controlled areas into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
and the United Arab Emirates. Subsequently, Coalition air strikes
must cease in all populated areas," Pompeo said in a statement.
is time to end this conflict, replace conflict with compromise, and
allow the Yemeni people to heal through peace and reconstruction,”
declared the top diplomat of the country that supplies the coalition
with the bulk of its weapons, as well as intelligence and
hours earlier – while noting that American aircraft continue to
provide aerial refueling and intelligence to Saudi jets attacking
Yemeni targets – the Pentagon chief also demanded that the warring
parties work towards a long-lasting peace. “We want to see
everybody around a peace table based on ceasefire, based on a
pullback from the border, and then based on ceasing dropping bombs,”
Mattis said at the Institute of Peace (USIP).
US lawmakers have long called on US leadership to halt support for
the Saudi-led coalition, which has been bombing Yemen since March of
2015, causing thousands of civilian deaths. The calls to cut the
sales of weapons to the Gulf Kingdom, however, really intensified
only in wake of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident
Washington Post columnist killed inside the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul earlier this month.
Donald Trump has repeatedly refused to cancel the record $110 billion
arms sales contract he signed with the Saudis last year, some US
lawmakers paradoxically considered winding down US support for the
war in Yemen as a way to punish Riyadh for the Khashoggi murder.
Mattis, however, emphasized Tuesday that he views the journalist's
death and the conflict in Yemen as totally separate issues.
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got to move toward a peace effort here and we can't say we're going
to be doing this sometime in the future. We need to be doing this in
the next 30 days,” he said.
US senators have called on the Pentagon to immediately reveal the
extent of US military support to the Saudi-led Arab coalition that
launched an attack on Hodeidah, a key port city and last...
statements by top US leadership signals a drastic shift from a mute
White House approach to the three-year-old conflict, which has
claimed over 10,000 lives and plunged Yemen into humanitarian
Arab coalition has, since 2015, been waging a brutal military
campaign in Yemen against Houthi rebels, in an attempt to restore
exiled president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to power. Three years of
Saudi-led bombardment and a blockade of Yemen has led to a
catastrophic situation in the country, with 22 million people, or 80
percent of the population, in dire need of humanitarian aid.
Throughout the entire course of the conflict, Riyadh and its allies
have repeatedly been accused by NGOs of indiscriminate bombings of
civilians and infrastructure in the country, using mainly
the latest fallout over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the
United States is demanding that Saudi Arabia make nice with Qatar,
according to sources quoted in Bloomberg.
Qatar, despite our differences with them, has a very strong economy
and will be very different” in
the next five years, the prince said at an investment summit in the
Saudi capital as he explained his vision for the Middle East’s
place in the world. — Bloomberg
“Even Qatar, despite our differences with them, has a very strong economy and will be very different” in the next five years, the prince said at an investment summit in the Saudi capital as he explained his vision for the Middle East’s place in the world. — Bloomberg
Mattis Calls For Yemen Ceasefire Within 30 Days
30 October, 2018
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has called for a ceasefire in the Yemen civil war within 30 days, reports AFP.