Yemen Civil War Doomed to Rage On After Four Years of Conflict - Think Tank

© REUTERS / Khaled Abdullah / A man walks past a graffiti, denouncing strikes by U.S. drones in Yemen, painted on a wall in Sanaa, Yemen on November 13, 2014
A man walks past a graffiti, denouncing strikes by U.S. drones in Yemen, painted on a wall in Sanaa, Yemen on November 13, 2014 - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The civil war in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate (UAE) air forces bomb civilian targets, will continue to rage on with no end in sight as it enters its fifth year, Institute for Gulf Affairs Founder and Director, Professor Ali al-Ahmed told Sputnik.

"No it won’t stop", al-Ahmed said on Tuesday. "Both the English-dominated UK [United Kingdom] government and the United States are using this war to sell more bombs. There is no real goal here but to increase the Arab divide".

Yemen has been engulfed in a violent conflict between a government-in-exile headed by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi and the armed Shiite Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah, backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, since 25 March 2015.

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The armed conflict has killed at least 57,538 people, the Associated Press reported in November, noting that this estimate is likely to increase to 70,000 or 80,000 once death tolls from the first nine months of 2015 are analyzed.

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The death count — which includes combatant and civilian deaths — likely underestimates the true tally because of how difficult it is to obtain reliable data on the number of deceased, the report said.

US President Donald Trump has continued to strongly support Saudi and UAE participation in the war. However, they were originally encouraged to intervene by Trump‘s predecessor President Barack Obama, al-Ahmed recalled.

"This war was prompted by Barack Obama to increase & justify arms sales to the Saudis & to give Saudis a project to work on", al-Ahmed said.

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Policymakers in both the United States and the United Kingdom continue to strongly support the Saudis and the UAE forces inflicting civilian casualties while selling them expensive munitions, al-Ahmed recalled.

"It seems that killing over 100,000 Yemeni children brings joy to British Prime Minister Theresa May and American policymakers like Gerald Feierstein", al-Ahmed said.

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Gerald Feierstein was US Ambassador to Yemen under President Barack Obama from September 2010 to October 2013. Since December 2013, Feierstein has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs in the Department of State.

Western indifference towards the continuing sufferings of the Yemeni people revealed deep levels of anti-Arab prejudice, al-Ahmed explained.

"This war has a lot of bigoted feelings behind it, and exposes these people bigotry towards Arabs", he said.

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Saudi coalition forces armed with US-made missiles and other weapons have killed over 12,000 civilians in the Middle East's poorest nation during their campaign, even as starvation and disease — particularly cholera — have caused hundreds of thousands to become refugees in their own country.

Views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Ali al-Ahmed and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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