Saudi Arabia resumed air strikes in Yemen after the end of a ceasefire that started December 15. While neither side obeyed the ceasefire, fighting did slow during the period.
Since the end of the ceasefire, the Saudis have been increasing their number of air strikes as compared to before the ceasefire.
The new air strikes indicate they are now just targeting Houthis held territory indiscriminately. On Tuesday the Saudis hit a care center for the blind and the Chamber of Commerce building.
With the recent round of air strikes the number of those killed in the Yemeni civil war is over 6,000, most of those killed are civilians.
While the number of civilians killed by air strikes is alarming the larger threat to the Yemeni is the blockade, restricting food from entering the country.
Oxfam is currently estimating that 14.4 million Yemenis do not have enough food to eat and over 19 million do not have access to clean water.
The World Health Organization is also reporting that 15 million Yemeni do not have access to health care services. While relief groups are being allowed into Yemen, the Saudis have hit two Doctors Without Borders Hospitals with air strikes, making it very dangerous for these groups to operate in the country.
While the war in Yemen continues, a new report questions the necessity of Saudi and US involvement in Yemen.
Last March, the Saudis entered into the Yemeni Civil War to fight against the Houthis. Saudi Arabia had reported to the UN that Iran was arming the Houthis and the Houthis were a proxy of Iran.
To substantiate this claim, the Saudis made efforts to show the Iranians were smuggling weapons into Yemen. The Saudis point to two different times boats were found to be smuggling weapons.
The first boat, Mahan 1, was a boat operated by an Iranian crew and the Saudis claim that boat was smuggling weapons into Yemen. However, Gareth Porter reports that, “The ship was carrying no weapons at all.”
The second boat, Jihan 1, was found carrying weapons. The Saudis claim the weapons were coming from Iran into Yemen. Gareth Porter reports,
“Nothing about the ship or the weapons actually pointed to Iran. All of the crew and the businessmen said to have arranged the shipment were Yemenis… And the expert panel cited no evidence that the ship was Iranian or that the weapons were manufactured in Iran.”
The ship was carrying weapons away from Yemen, not to Yemen.
If Gareth Porter is correct, then the US and Saudi involvement in the Yemeni Civil War was started under false pretenses. It may be time for the US to reevaluate our involvement with Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni Civil War.