18:38 GMT22 October 2020
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    The Saudi-led multinational aerial campaign in Yemen is helping Al-Qaeda militants escape from prisons there, a Qatari journalist warned.

    “Our warplanes strike Yemen's prisons to help release the Al-Qaeda prisoners and we are spending billions of dollars to bomb Yemeni children and women," Ahmad Abdelmalik Hamideddin wrote in an article on Wednesday.

    Seven days into the Saudi Arabia-led aerial bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, the civilian death toll is mounting and hundreds of families are on the run, fleeing the nightly attacks that have shaken the already struggling country.

    Operation Resolute Storm, as the Saudis have dubbed the campaign, aims to restore power to fugitive Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

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    What role should Western countries play in the Saudi-Yemen conflict?
    • Fully support Saudi Arabia in every way possible
      9.0% (116)
    • Allow the rebels to govern
      12.7% (164)
    • Remain neutral and not interfere in this matter
      50.2% (651)
    • Actively try to defuse the situation and act as an intermediary
      28.0% (362)
    Voted: 1294
    Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

    The five Persian Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait — and Egypt that are also assisted by Israel and backed by the US, declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued Thursday.

    US President Barack Obama authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to the military operations, National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said late Wednesday night.

    She added that while US forces were not taking direct military action in Yemen, Washington was establishing a Joint Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate US military and intelligence support.

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    UK, Turkish, Indonesian Diplomatic Missions Leaving Yemen for Saudi Arabia
    Airstrikes on Refugee Camp in Yemen Kill At Least 29 Civilians - UN
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    airstrike, Operation Resolute Storm, al-Qaeda, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Ahmad Abdelmalik Hamideddin, Yemen
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