Yemen Crisis: US Supplies Arms To Saudi-led Coalition
The United States has accelerated the supply of arms and is also strengthening intelligence-sharing between the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters, “Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message to the Houthis and their allies that they cannot overrun Yemen by force.”
“As part of that effort, we have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operation centre,” Blinken added.
Situation has turned worse since the last fortnight as around 550 people were killed in a street battle between rebels and government allies. World Health Organization reported that around 2,000 people were injured due to the crisis. One hundred thousand were moved to different locations. According to a UNICEF report, 74 children lost their lives.
Several agencies like the Red Cross are offering medical aids to the injured and sending workers. They described the situation in Yemeni port of Aden as “catastrophic.”
“The war in Aden is on every street, in every corner,” Marie Claire Feghali, Red Cross spokeswoman, told the AFP news agency. “Many are unable to escape.”
Blinken has informed about the U.S. expediting supply of arms to the Saudi-led coalition. He added that the move is sending a strong message to the Houthis that they can take over Yemen by force.
He also said that the United States is boosting intelligence-sharing with Saudi operations.
Describing the horrific situation, the head of Aden’s Red Cross (ICRC), Robert Ghosen, told about the situation in the port.
“We are seeing a lot of people arriving dead at the hospital or dying in the hospitals,” he told the BBC. “The hospitals don’t have the right supplies and the right staff.”