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Under Cover of COVID, US Diplomats Leaving Saudi Arabia, Expecting ‘Surprises’ from Yemen


ROUTED: Foreign Saudi convoy destroyed by the native Houthis resistance (Image Source: Middle East Institute)

Yemen is the war that the global media forgot. In fact, they never really even began covering it. Hence, there has been little or no real international response to the war crimes in Yemen being perpetrated by Saudi Arabia, UAE the United States and UK. The deaths tolls, the humanitarian disaster numbers – have all been off the scale since the US and Saudi quietly declared war on Yemen in March 2015. By bombing the country from the air and flooding the region with weapons shipped in from Europe, the Gulf monarchs and their Western partners have guaranteed misery for the Yemenis for the next 30 years.

Now, just as quietly as they launched their illegal war of aggression against Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Washington appear to looking now for a convenient ‘face-saving’ exit out of their unwinnable military misadventure.

It seems that coronavirus might well provide the answer.

South Front reports…

A large number of US diplomats and their families started withdrawing from Saudi Arabia last weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The WSJ says that more are expected to fly out in the coming weeks citing officials familiar with the plan. The report says that US State Department approved the voluntary departure of “non-emergency personnel”. The large-scale withdrawal of the US diplomatic staff reportedly started in response to the recent growth of coronavirus cases in the Kingdom after it opted to start reopening its economy.

The WSJ blames the increase of coronavirus cases coincided with the kingdom’s move to lift restrictions in a bid to revive its economy, which has suffered from low oil prices, explaining the withdrawal.

However, Al Masirah, the official TV station of Yemen’s Houthis (Ansar Allah) provided a quite different version of the events. According to the Houthi media wing, the expected ‘surprises’ from Yemen and the successes of the movement in striking vital military infrastructure inside Saudi Aarabia are among the main reasons of the withdrawal.

Indeed, recently the military confrontation between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen intensified. The Houthis have made several important advances in the provinces of Marib and Bayda, as well as conducted another joint missile and drone strike on military targets near the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Watch:

READ MORE YEMEN NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Yemen Files

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