Yemen has become a Vietnam-like quagmire for Saudi Arabia – with no simple solution to end the war

Riyadh desperately wants to put an end to the conflict, writes Borzou Daragahi, but on terms that are not humiliating to it and its Yemeni partners that make up the internationally recognised government

Sunday 10 October 2021 12:26
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<p>A Yemeni fighter backed by the Saudi-led coalition after clashes with Houthi rebels</p>

A Yemeni fighter backed by the Saudi-led coalition after clashes with Houthi rebels

It was a vote that will go down in ignominy. Pressured by Saudi Arabia, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted on 7 October to end a four-year international mission to investigate war crime abuses by all parties in the Yemen conflict.

The vote amounted to a demonstration of the international community’s inability to hold those in the multilayered seven-year war accountable, much less bring an end to the conflict that shows no signs of winding down.

It means that there will be less information and global reaction when an airstrike by Saudi Arabia hits a wedding, or when a rocket launched by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels lands on a residential area.

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