100 People Killed in Saudi Air Strikes on Yemen in One Day ~ US Spokesman Shrugs Off Responsibility for Riyadh’s Cluster Bombs Use in Yemen ~ Yemen Updates: 12 May 2015

FYI on “Truce”  +United Nations Human Rights Saudi coalition aircraft violated the truce an hour after coming into effect with raids on Saada, Hajjah

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100 People Killed in Saudi Air Strikes on Yemen

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TEHRAN (FNA)– Saudi-led coalition air raids on different parts of the neighboring country, Yemen, claimed a sum of 100 lives on Tuesday, hours before the five-day ceasefire is due to take effect.

The Saudi fighter jets bombed several areas across the impoverished country on Tuesday, and killed 100 people, reports said.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 48 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 3,755 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

On April 21, Saudi Arabia declared end to Yemen airstrikes after weeks of bombings, but airstrikes are still underway.

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Intensified Saudi Aggression before Truce that lasted one hour

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US Spokesman Shrugs Off Responsibility for Riyadh’s Cluster Bombs Use in Yemen

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TEHRAN (FNA)– The Persian language Spokesman for the US State Department, Alan Eyre, said Saudi Arabia had promised not to use Washington-supplied cluster munitions against civilians, escaping responsibility as to why the US is not standing against Riyadh’s use of such weapons.

“The US, as part of its rule and policy, only exports cluster munitions that meet the strict requirements of the amount of unexploded ordnance, i.e. 1 percent. Additionally, the receiving country of such weapons must give commitment that cluster munitions will only be used against specific military targets and will not be used where civilians are known to be present or in areas normally inhabited by civilians,” said Alan Eyre in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency’s Persian-language website.

He also didn’t deny the reports that the US has supplied Riyadh with internationally-banned weapons.

Elsewhere in the interview, Eyre, to much surprise, said Saudi Arabia was entitled to the right to launch a war on Yemen in anticipation of an imminent threat from the side of the Arab neighboring country, even under such conditions that the Yemeni troops or popular forces had not opened war or violated the borders or staged a cross-border attack on Saudi Arabia and had not even announced such plans or strategy either.

He said Riyadh was allowed to defend its Southern borders because it perceived a threat, implying that the Saudis were entitled to the right to preempt the Yemeni revolutionary forces!!!

All throughout the interview, the spokesman who has placed this interview with the Persian service of Fars News Agency on his facebook page, throws the United States’ weight behind the Saudi invasion of Yemen and evades critical questions about this support.

The interview whose English translation by FNA will follow below has received a wide public criticism of the US policy in support of the Saudi invasion of Yemen in the social media.

What follows is the full text of the interview:

Q: Saudi Arabia took military action against Yemen while the Arab country was preoccupied with internal power struggle and the president (Mansour Hadi) had resigned. On what legal basis and under which international law has Washington extended its support for the monarchy’s military operation?

A: We support Saudi Arabia’s right and ability to defend its Southern borders and to annihilate (Yemen’s) heavy artillery and missiles which pose a threat to its security. All warring factions and parties should come to the negotiating table. Form this point of view, we expect the military operation to end in trans-factional talks so that Yemen could overcome this crisis.

Q: You mentioned that the US stands up for Saudi Arabia’s right to defend itself in the face of threats. What threat did Yemen pose to Riyadh that entitled the Saudis to the right to defend themselves?

A: The Houthis and their backers, by resorting to military operation, posed a threat not just to Yemen but also to (the security of) the entire region as well as the legitimate government of Yemen. From this point of view, we all seek to end the military operation as soon as possible and reduce collateral damage to minimum. As I stated earlier, all parties came to the negotiating table and held talks and as you know the United Nations passed a resolution, that is to say (it imposed) an arms embargo against the supply of weapons to the Houthis by any one or any organization.

Q: The US has always claimed to be advocating human rights in the world, and now the Human Rights Watch has declared that Saudi Arabia has been using banned arms such as cluster munitions (in its airstrikes against Yemen). The empty canisters of these bombs show that they are American-made. Does Washington plan to continue supplying such bombs to Riyadh despite criticism by the world rights groups?

A: We are reviewing this report. But the US like the entire world is 100 percent concerned about the unwanted damage to the civilians through the use of such cluster bombs. We, more than any other country in the world, try to control and limit such weapons so that they are not used. We take the reports on civilian casualties as a result of the violence in Yemen very seriously and for this reason we call on all factions to follow the international humanitarian laws.

Q: Do you mean that you deny the US has provided the Saudi kingdom with cluster bombs?

A: No. You are aware that the US has strict rules regarding the transfer of the cluster bombs to other countries. Any country that receives cluster bombs from us must promise us that it will not use them against civilian targets.

The US, as part of its rules and policy, only exports cluster munitions that meet the strict requirements of the amount of unexploded ordnance, i.e. 1 percent. Additionally, the country receiving such weapons (from us) must give commitment that cluster munitions will only be used against specific military targets and will not be used where civilians are known to be present or in areas normally inhabited by civilians. It’s clear that this is a crucial factor in our policy.

Q: According to reports, over a thousand* civilians have been killed since the start of the Saudi air raids, and the Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman has stated that all these human casualties have been the result of the Saudi airstrikes and not battlefield casualties. I would like to ask you in a straightforward manner to what extent the US backs up such attacks which have ended up in the killing of these people, and how much support the US will render to the continuation of these attacks?

A: As I said before, we demand all warring parties to end violence and, as I cited earlier, we take the issue of civilian casualties resulting from the ongoing clashes in Yemen as really serious. We ask all warring factions to comply with the international human rights’ rules and take all possible measures to minimize the civilian casualties. We are having a precise study over the details of the HRW report.

The United States is also worried about the collateral damage to the civilians as a result of the use of cluster munitions. The US is still the biggest financial sponsor of global humanitarian efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance left by conflicts (around the world). We are looking into the details of HRW report on the Saudis’ use of cluster bombs.

Q: Earlier, Saudi Arabia deployed its military troops in Bahrain under the pretext of the “Island Shield” treaty, and it is now sending more than 100 warplanes to bomb Yemen and is dragging on the clashes. But, the US not only refrains from protest and opposition, but also backs up the Saudi moves. Quite the opposite, when Iran extended its political and media support to Yemen’s Ansarullah as a popular movement, Washington described Iran’s move as an intervention. How come Iran’s political and media support is termed intervention but the Saudi military operations are branded as defense?  

A: The issue here is defending the legitimate government of Yemen and the Houthis and their backers’ goal is destabilization. From this perspective, this course of action that they are taking will not be fruitful and will not relieve any pain. I mean that the Houthis’ efforts are in line with destabilization and we are trying to decrease the violence and turn the crisis into a political trend so that all parties and factions could peacefully reach an acceptable solution. But as I said earlier, Saudi Arabia has the right to defend its borders.

Q: An interesting question raises here: How do you see the Houthis’ actions as destabilizing moves, but the Saudis’ attacks as stabilizing?

A: This is an issue of cause and effect. Had the Houthis not resorted to this (military option), Saudi Arabia would have not been forced to do this (military aggression).

Q: As a last question on Yemen’s crisis, you know that the situation in Yemen is somewhat similar to the situation in Ukraine. In both countries, the presidents left the country due to internal popular dissidence, and it grows more interesting when one considers the fact that in Yemen, the president had already declared his resignation, but Ukraine’s Mr. Yunakovych had not. Washington defended the rioters in Ukraine and called the government as to be illegitimate, but in Yemen, quite to the opposite, it sided with the government and backed foreign intervention. And we should remember that the US had accused Russia of outside interference in Ukraine. What’s your perspective on this double-standard policy?

A: I reject this assumption of yours. I mean the condition was different in these two countries; Yemen’s case is unique, and Saudi Arabia was forced to take action due to the destabilizing actions that had been taken. But this move (Saudi invasion of Yemen) should end at the earliest so that all parties could peacefully reach an agreement. We are exchanging views with Saudi Arabia and we are in contact with them to make it happen. As stated by everyone, we all should endeavor to reduce the civilian casualties caused by this humanitarian crisis to minimum levels the soonest.

Q: Don’t you think that this is just a political game started by the US and its allies in the Middle East to seize control over the Bab al-Mandab strait? Don’t you believe that there needs to be a puppet regime in Yemen in order to maintain the US and its allies’ control over this region?

A: No. Please stop raising the conspiracy illusion. No, this is not true. Such assumptions are not be taken seriously.

*The death toll mentioned in the question was based on the announcements of official bodies around two weeks ago. But according to FNA’s independent tallies, more than 3,300 people, mostly women and children, had been killed in the Saudi aerial bombardment of Yemen by the date this interview was conducted (i.e. Wednesday). Regrettably, the figure stands at 3,605 now.

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Najran governer, Jelva bin Abdalazez, took flight to Riad after Yemeni tribes targeted many important points
Najran governer, Jelva bin Abdalazez, took flight to Riad after Yemeni tribes targeted many important points

12 May 2015 23:02

Najran governer, Jelva bin Abdalazez, took flight to Riad after Yemeni tribes targeted many important points

Yemen- Let’s know the kids’ murderer!!!
Yemen- Let’s know the kids’ murderer!!!

12 May 2015 22:14

VIDEO SHOWS SAUDI COALITION IS USING DEPLETED URANIUM& CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN YEMEN
VIDEO SHOWS SAUDI COALITION IS USING DEPLETED URANIUM& CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN YEMEN

12 May 2015 21:40

VIDEO SHOWS SAUDI COALITION IS USING DEPLETED URANIUM Where are so-called International Organizations? Where is UN? Where is Human Rights Organizations? Where are those so-called humanist Activists? http://www.islamidavet.tv/2015/05/11052015/seyrek-uranyum.mp4 VIDEO shows Saudi Coalition using chemical weapons in Yemen. Where are so-called International Organizations? Where is UN? Where is Human Rights Organizations? Where are those so-called humanist Activists? http://www.islamidavet.tv/2015/05/11052015/yemen-kimyasal.mp4 An missile that failed to detonate after being…

URGENT: IRAN WARNS TO START WAR IF ITS AID SHIP COMES UNDER ATTACK!!!
URGENT: IRAN WARNS TO START WAR IF ITS AID SHIP COMES UNDER ATTACK!!!

12 May 2015 21:39

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri warned on Tuesday that Iran would launch war on any state that dares to attack the Iranian ship that is on its way to Yemen with a humanitarian aid cargo. “Attacking the Iranian Red Crescent aid ship will spark war in the region,” General Jazzayeri told the Arabic-language…

VIDEO shows Saudi Coalition using chemical weapons in Yemen.
VIDEO shows Saudi Coalition using chemical weapons in Yemen.

12 May 2015 21:26

VIDEO shows Saudi Coalition using chemical weapons in Yemen. Where are so-called International Organizations? Where is UN? Where is Human Rights Organizations? Where are those so-called humanist Activists? http://www.islamidavet.tv/2015/05/11052015/yemen-kimyasal.mp4 VIDEO SHOWS SAUDI COALITION IS USING DEPLETED URANIUM Where are so-called International Organizations? Where is UN? Where is Human Rights Organizations? Where are those so-called humanist Activists? http://www.islamidavet.tv/2015/05/11052015/seyrek-uranyum.mp4

No one allowed to inspect Iranian Yemen-bound aid ship: IRCS
No one allowed to inspect Iranian Yemen-bound aid ship: IRCS

12 May 2015 21:26

The head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) says no one has the right to inspect an Iranian ship carrying humanitarian aid for the people of war-stricken Yemen. “Based on international regulations, no one can inspect a vessel that is moving in international waters carrying the flag of a country,” Amir Mohsen Ziya’ee said Tuesday. The IRCS is a non-political organization…

Tribes close to Yemeni Hezbollah tageted Saudi’s military base in Nejran, many dead Saudi soldiers reported
Tribes close to Yemeni Hezbollah tageted Saudi’s military base in Nejran, many dead Saudi soldiers reported

12 May 2015 20:30

Tribes close to Yemeni Hezbollah tageted Saudi’s military base in Nejran, many dead Saudi soldiers reported

Fighter Jets of Saudi Coalition, the protector of Israel and enemies of Islam, targeted a bazaar place and killed 22 civilians.
Fighter Jets of Saudi Coalition, the protector of Israel and enemies of Islam, targeted a bazaar place and killed 22 civilians.

12 May 2015 20:12

  Fighter Jets of Saudi Coalition, the protector of Israel and enemies of Islam, targeted a bazaar place and killed 22 civilians.

BREAKING- Tribes close to Yemeni Hezbollah killed 13 Saudi soldiers at Sa’da border with morter shell.
BREAKING- Tribes close to Yemeni Hezbollah killed 13 Saudi soldiers at Sa’da border with morter shell.

12 May 2015 20:03

Tribes close to Yemeni Hezbollah killed 13 Saudi soldiers at Sa’da border with morter shell.

Ansarullah Advisor: Yemen Powerful Enough to Cripple Al-Saud
Ansarullah Advisor: Yemen Powerful Enough to Cripple Al-Saud

12 May 2015 17:32

A senior advisor to Ansarullah Movement warned Riyadh of the consequences of breaking the ceasefire, and said his countrymen are able to hit a heavy blow to Saudi Arabia and attack its interests. “Ansarullah has warned that over 3,000,000 Yemenis are ready to cross the border into Saudi Arabia and if Riyadh wants to violate the ceasefire, certainly, the country’s territories,…

Senior MP: Iran Planning to Set Up Field Hospitals in Yemen, Send Aid via Djibouti
Senior MP: Iran Planning to Set Up Field Hospitals in Yemen, Send Aid via Djibouti

12 May 2015 17:28

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi underlined that Saudi Arabia will be the main loser of the aggression against Yemen, and said Tehran is planning to set up field hospitals in Yemen and dispatch humanitarian aid to the war-stricken nation through Djibouti. “We are planning to construct field hospitals in Sana’a and Sa’ada…

URGENT: Fresh zionist Saudi Air Strikes on Hajjah
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12 May 2015 17:25

The Saudi-led coalition continued its air strikes on several areas across Yemen, and targeted Abas district in Hajjah province on Tuesday as the ceasefire deadline approaches. Saudi warplanes heavily bombed Abas district in Hajjah province, according to Al-Mayadeen television. Reports also said the kingdom’s fighter jets have indiscriminately bombed Sa’ada province. There has yet been no immediate reports on the number of possible…

Hezbollah slams Egyptian company for taking Yemeni TV off air
Hezbollah slams Egyptian company for taking Yemeni TV off air

12 May 2015 17:01

Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has condemned as “pure piracy” a recent move by Egyptian satellite company Nilesat to take Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah TV off air. Hezbollah’s Media Relations issued a statement on Tuesday, saying Nilesat’s decision to take the Yemeni broadcaster off air is “frantic.” The channel, which is affiliated to Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, said on its Twitter account that Nilesat suspended…

No one allowed to inspect Iranian Yemen-bound aid ship: IRCS
No one allowed to inspect Iranian Yemen-bound aid ship: IRCS

12 May 2015 16:53

The head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) says no one has the right to inspect an Iranian ship carrying humanitarian aid for the people of war-stricken Yemen. “Based on international regulations, no one can inspect a vessel that is moving in international waters carrying the flag of a country,” Amir Mohsen Ziya’ee said Tuesday. The IRCS is a non-political organization…

“No one allowed to inspect Iran aid ship”
“No one allowed to inspect Iran aid ship”

12 May 2015 15:35

The head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) says no one has the right to inspect an Iranian ship carrying humanitarian aid for the people of war-stricken Yemen. “Based on international regulations, no one can inspect a vessel that is moving in international waters carrying the flag of a country,” Amir Mohsen Ziya’ee said Tuesday. The IRCS is a non-political organization…

Saudi jets continue pounding Yemen; civilians die
Saudi jets continue pounding Yemen; civilians die

12 May 2015 9:43

Saudi warplanes continue pounding Yemen, with more than 50 airstrikes targeting the capital Sana’a and the northern province of Sa’ada. Saudi fighter jets late Monday and early Tuesday bombarded several neighborhoods of Sana’a, including An-Nahzah, Faj Attan and Jabal al-Naqam, that left hundreds of people dead or injured, and destroyed dozens of residential units. The raids also targeted an arms depot in…

Saudi calculations on Yemen war totally wrong: Pundit
Saudi calculations on Yemen war totally wrong: Pundit

12 May 2015 9:27

Press TV has interviewed Hazem Salem, a political activist and commentator from Cairo, and Michael Lane, founder of the American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the Saudi aggression of Yemen. Salem says Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on Yemen in a bid to break the resistance of the Yemeni people to the Riyadh regime’s political and military agenda. But,…

Zarif Calls for Lasting Truce in Yemen
Zarif Calls for Lasting Truce in Yemen

12 May 2015 7:55

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated that any ceasefire in Yemen should be permanent and not temporary. ‘A temporary ceasefire plan that has been announced – but not started yet – in Yemen should last forever,’ in a joint press conference with his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Tehran on Monday. ‘We support any ceasefire and halt to the military operations…

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