OP-ED

Yemen: You Name it .. War, legitimacy or Militants

We commonly acknowledge that it is human nature to react to crimes and disasters. We believe that each person has their own philosophy and understanding to defend or criticize something.

Let me take the recent disaster of Faj Attan mountain In Sana’a, which occurred last Tuesday morning. It could be described as the most aggressive attack by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Even this, which killed tens of individuals in the ongoing war, injured hundreds of civilians, and damaged millions of dollars of different types of investment projects, cars and personal properties, has brought people together to vote against the Saudi coalition in Yemen.

I really made a visit to the area on the second day to see closely the scale of the missile damage on the mountain, which is one of many weapons stores in the surrounding mountains of Sana’a. The site was shocking. It was no less than the United State bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What has helped people over there is the strong nature of the earth and well-established stone buildings Yemen is known for.

The major damage of the explosion came from the flying stones, which spread more than 5km. The attack kept the mounting burning for three days. This led to the fleeing of hundreds of families and left a humanitarian disaster that will need to be addressed.

International humanitarian law and the Rome Statute that addresses the death of civilians during an armed conflict, no matter how grave and regrettable, dose not in itself constitute a war crime. International humanitarian law and the Rome Statute allow belligerents to carry out proportionate attacks against military objectives (13) when it is known that some civilian deaths or injuries will occur. A crime occurs if there is an intentional attack directed against civilians.

The media affiliated to each party fighting for the legitimacy of the president, including Hadi and Houthi militants backed by the former president of Yemen, still have good materials for their media shows. The attacked has not yet got fair media coverage from the international media to take responsibility for the civilians of the Attan mountain disaster and the disaster of the war in Yemen. The people are still divided between who supports the war and who is against it. People are dying in their homes and in the streets. The best tool to end Yemen’s war is to identify the sources of the war makers and finish them off.