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West Playing Double Game on Human Rights, Analyst Says

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Pro-Houthi women demonstrate against Saudi-led air strikes, outside a hotel where the United Nations envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is staying, in Sanaa, Yemen, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
Written by NY Staff

The already dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen is growing at an alarming rate. According to the United Nations, over 80 percent of the population is in need of some form of humanitarian assistance as Saudi Arabia keeps bombing its impoverished neighbor.

In an interview with Press TV, Ken Stone, with the Coalition to Stop the War, has blamed the Western partners of Saudi Arabia for the atrocities the kingdom is committing against Yemeni civilians.

“It’s very alarming and disturbing to watch these reports and to know that 10,000 civilians have been killed, 30,000 have been wounded, three million have been displaced and more than 80 percent of the people are at the point of starvation.”

Stone blasted the “extremely outrageous” decision to reelect Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Human Rights Council, and to oust Russia from that very same council on the same day and in the same election.

“This is a tremendous double standard that is practiced in the West,” he underscored.

“It’s unbelievable that the richest country in the Middle East is attacking the poorest country in the Middle East, committing all sorts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, that is to say crimes against the Geneva Convention, and is rewarded for doing so by being re-elected to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.”

Saudi Arabia, backed by the Western countries, the US and Britain in particular, has been pounding Yemen since March 2015 in a hope to undermine the Ansarullah movement, which controls large swathes of Yemen, including the capital Sana’a, and restore power to resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council on Monday that some 21.2 million Yemeni people are in need of some form of humanitarian aid. The UN official added that more than two million people, including 370,000 children, are suffering from malnutrition across the war-torn country.

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