Via The Guardian, an op-ed: There is no end in sight to the fight for Yemen. Excerpt:
When Saudi Arabia does finally end its foray into neighbouring Yemen, the oil-rich kingdom will leave behind a deeply impoverished country that is coming apart at the seams.
There are water shortages, separatist movements, al-Qaida militants and an ousted president still at large: none of these problems will have gone away and many will have been exacerbated by the air strikes.
As Saudi officials begin to assess how far they have pushed back the Houthis, the rest of Yemen will be counting the cost. The fighting has killed 1,080 people, many of them women and children, according to the World Health Organisation. An air and naval blockade, which for weeks prevented the country’s international airports from operating and vital aid from getting to those in need, has brought Yemen’s already crippled economy to its knees.
Bakeries have no bread and hundreds of vaccines for preventable diseases have been thrown away because fuel, powering the refrigerators they were kept in, ran out.