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Funerals Held for Civilians Killed in Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes in Yemen

Funerals for the victims of recent Saudi-led coalition air strikes were held after Friday prayers in Sanaa. Footage shows victims’ relatives chanting slogans while carrying green-coloured coffins. 

A Houthi-run TV channel reported that eight civilians were killed and 77 others including women and children wounded in the attacks on a residential area in the capital on May 16. 

The Saudi-led coalition issued a statement saying the strikes were aimed at “neutralising the ability of the Houthi militia to carry out acts of aggression.”

But local residents say there were no military targets in the area. “It is clear that the Saudi-American aggression targeted the house of those who were sleeping in the early hours of Thursday morning,” said Ahmed Daoud, a relative of one of the victims. 

Since then, the coalition said it was investigating what it called the “possibility of an accidental air strike.”

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Yemen in Crisis: The Road to War

By Helen Lackner

The democratic promise of the 2011 Arab Spring has unraveled in Yemen, triggering a disastrous crisis of civil war, famine, militarization, and governmental collapse with serious implications for the future of the region. Yet as expert political researcher Helen Lackner argues, the catastrophe does not have to continue, and we can hope for and help build a different future in Yemen. 

Fueled by Arab and Western intervention, the civil war has quickly escalated, resulting in thousands killed and millions close to starvation. Suffering from a collapsed economy, the people of Yemen face a desperate choice between the Huthi rebels on the one side and the internationally recognized government propped up by the Saudi-led coalition and Western arms on the other. 

In this invaluable analysis, Helen Lackner uncovers the roots of the social and political conflicts that threaten the very survival of the state and its people. Importantly, she argues that we must understand the roots of the current crisis so that we can hope for a different future for Yemen and the Middle East. 

With a preface exploring the U.S.’s central role in the crisis.


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