How did the Saudi war against Yemen become a Saudi-led war?
Saudi Arabia has launched a bloody campaign against Yemen in an effort to stop the Houthis from seizing control of the impoverished country, according to the United Nations.
While the Saudi-backed war has killed more than 5,000 people, the United States has not formally recognised the Houthi group as legitimate.
“Today, Yemen is in a state of war, and a Saudi war on Yemen,” UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Mariam Veisy, said during a news conference on Tuesday.
“[The] Saudis have committed the greatest crimes against humanity in Yemen.”
“The world cannot remain silent,” she added.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said that “this is a war that has been going on for years”.
“We condemn it.
It’s been going up for years and years,” he added.
“We’re not the only ones who have seen this.”
Saudi Arabia has used air power against the Houths since 2015, but the war has accelerated since the HouthIs seized control of Sanaa and other cities.
The war has been exacerbated by a lack of international support, which has led to civilian casualties, particularly in the country’s southern region of Jizan, where more than 1,000 civilians have been killed in the past year.
Saudi-led air strikes have been blamed for a spike in the death toll.
But the coalition’s actions are largely symbolic, as the war is far from a formal ceasefire.
Mr Kerry said the Houthites “are very determined to fight us”.
He said: “The Saudis are now going to be able to do what they want to do, what they have been doing since 2015.”
Mr Trump has warned that if the Houthises “continue to advance” on Aden, they will take control of Saudi-allied bases in the Gulf.
According to the UN, Yemen has a population of about 8.4 million, and nearly 90% of the population lives in the capital Sanaa.