Daily Prompt: Symptom

From The Economist:

Two years on, Saudi Arabia’s war is a study in futility and self-harm.

The south seethes at the northern bullies who bombarded their roads and sniped at their citizens when they briefly conquered Aden in the early months of the war. The north decries the southern traitors who invited Saudi and Emirati forces to drop bombs on them and isolate them by land, air and sea after the outsiders joined the war in March 2015.

A Quick rundown of what’s happening for anyone who needs to catch up. Some symptoms of 2 years of war mentioned in the article:

A businessman struggling to import flour because of the Saudi blockade on Hodeidah’s port.

Grenades so plentiful they’re tossed at weddings.

Banks no longer cashing cheques.

If trucks pay a fee, they can pass road checkpoints without inspection.

Hospitals attacked 18 times last year.

The only neighbor to accept refugees is Djibouti, and Yemen has about 3 million of them out of a population of 27 million.

7 million people are going hungry.

The city of Aden will not allow journalists in to report conditions.

Refugees from Aden insist they haven’t seen evidence of the billions of dollars the UAE has invested in reconstruction.

Houthi rebels conducting raids in Saudi Arabia and launching missiles at Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia launching American-made weapons from an American base in Djibouti.

UN Security Council members against the war, but still willing to sell arms.

Saudi Arabia insists all this is a price worth paying for reinstating the president the Houthis chased out of the capital in 2015. They had reason to worry. After the fall of Sana’a, Iran boasted that Shias had won a fourth Arab capital (along with Baghdad, Beirut and Damascus), this time in their Saudi rivals’ backyard. Some Houthis pointed artillery purloined from state armouries northward, and said they might march to Mecca. Others fortified positions on the Red Sea through which 4m barrels of oil pass every day en route to Europe. Vowing to push Iran back, the new Saudi king’s impulsive son and defence minister, Muhammad bin Salman, saw a chance to prove his mettle.

Advertisements