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Yemen Drawing Saudi Arabia In

As Houthi rebels made gains in the southern port city of Aden (killing up to 120 civilians in the process), the Yemeni Ambassador to the UN sent a letter to the Security Council asking for an intervention to stop his country’s civil war—a move seen as providing cover for the Saudi-led coalition should it choose to send in ground forces. Reuters:

The letter sent to the Security Council also urged human rights groups to document “barbaric violations against a defenseless population.” It accused the Houthis of killing civilians and blocking medical teams. […]

“Everyone that has committed a crime will not escape punishment and the government will employ all means to bring the Houthis and forces loyal to former President Saleh to international justice as war criminals,” Alyemany wrote in the letter to the Security Council.

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Riyad Yassin, speaking to reporters yesterday, appeared to choke up when describing the carnage unfolding in his country, citing “many dead bodies that were found in houses and streets” of Aden.

Meanwhile, Secretary John Kerry is in Riyadh, seeking a humanitarian pause in the Saudi bombing campaign. He met Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef yesterday and talked to exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi today. At time of writing, it’s not clear if his mission will succeed. “It is possible to repeat the same number of sorties, a land operation is possible, all options are open to prevent these practices of the militias,” a Saudi military spokesman said on Wednesday. Five people were killed in yesterday’s shelling of a Saudi town by Houthi forces across the border. Yemen’s pull could prove to be irresistible for Riyadh.

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