The Saudis entered Yemen in early 2015 and subsidized 14,000 Sudanese mercenaries to fight, often on the front lines, receiving commands remotely by radio, in places UAE officers do not dare to go. People in Sudan struggle for survival, and males, including children, are paid to fight as mercenaries.
The attack was in retaliation to air raids on Yemen by the Saudis, backed by the West. The United Nations says 10,000 people have died in the three-year-old war, and three quarters of Yemen’s population, 22 million civilians, are starving and need relief aid. [The timing is inconvenient as the US is threatening to strike Syria, an ally of Iran, Israel has threatened Iran, the Saudis support Israel against Iran, and the Saudis agree with France in ‘curbing’ Iran.]
US: A bipartisan effort by four senators is looking to end US military’s involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. They have introduced the first-ever War Powers vote to come out of the Senate. The bill is based on the fact that Congress has never authorized the use of military force in Yemen. The US has participated in the Saudi invasion of Yemen since it began in 2015, including the naval blockade that is causing mass starvation in Yemen.