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Yemen has right to defend itself against Saudi-led coalition, CSUSB professor says
Sept. 19, 2019
David Yaghoubian, professor of history at California State University, San Bernardino, was interviewed for a segment on the latest news about the attack on the Sept. 14 drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil fields and Abqaiq, a key oil-processing facility in the eastern part of the country. The Yemeni Ansarallah (Houthi) in Yemen, who are supported by Iran in its fight against a Saudi-led coalition, claimed responsibility for the attack, while the Trump administration blames Iran.
The Press TV report quoted a Yemeni military official saying that the attacks “were meant to stop the kingdom’s years-long aggression against Yemen.”
Yaghoubian, who appears at about 3 minutes and 50 seconds into the segment, said: “I myself don’t understand why anyone is either surprised, or acting surprised, about this attack, both in terms of the technology used and the ability of Ansarallah to strike deep within Saudi Arabian territory.”
Yemenis have the right to defend themselves against attacks from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that taken place for more than four years – attacks which have claimed the lives of Yemeni civilians. “Whereas, what has been attacked by Ansarallah forces is basically fully replaceable infrastructure with no civilian casualties. So I wouldn’t even call this a proportionate response because a proportionate response would be attacking Saudi or UAE civilian centers, as was most recently mentioned in the Yemeni army press conference.”
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