UNICEF warns that 400,000 children are at the risk of dying everyday in Yemen, in the man made famine due to war. But this it looks unlikely that this war will stop.
A Saudi Arabia led coalition is waging a war against the rebel Houthi tribe, making it impossible for humanitarian aid to reach the millions who are stuck in the war torn region.
The roots of the current intervention are in the growing Saudi fear of the popularity of the Houthis movement and the growing strength of its alliance with the tribes.
The Houthis’ takeover of Sana’a, the rapid military expansion southward and the imminent invasion of Aden, despite external efforts to thwart their progress, are all a serious threat to Riyadh’s regional strategy, especially as the Houthis leaders have not attempted to conceal their disdain and hostile intentions towards the Saudi monarchy.
In addition to military gains, the Houthis emerged as a potential political force that could form a strong central government with an anti-Saudi agenda.
At present, the Saudi coalition continues to gain support from Arab and Western countries, many of which appear to be about to deploy ground troops. This situation could exacerbate the humanitarian crisis caused by the Houthis battles with various opposition groups and the expanding air campaign.
The opposition to this intervention can be included on a humanitarian level because of the victims of civilians targeted since the beginning of the military campaign and the economic situation that is collapsing with no effective solutions to this deterioration, which exacerbates the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
In the same vein, I would say that three consecutive years of war on Yemen have not really changed the political and military balance in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, and the coalition involved in that war, has made no significant progress either on the military front or in the negotiations that have moved from Kuwait to Geneva and Muscat. This is a major failure, especially for Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which are the leaders of the alliance despite the enormous superiority of them in military equipment.
But can we hope for this situation to change and the world to take notice of the biggest humanitarian crisis in recent history? Only time will tell
Contributor: Sam Mohammed Yahya