The Gulf states are withdrawing ambassadors to Lebanon due to criticism of the Yemeni war

Critics of Saudi Arabia’s brutal maneuvering accused the kingdom of taking potshots on an already wounded Lebanon.

“When a non-unitary minister in Lebanon says something vaguely critical of Saudi Arabia, they overreact and engage in collective punishment because Lebanon is weak and poor and it is easy to kick a horse when it is down,” Karim Traboulsi, editor-in-chief of The New Arab, a pan-Arab publication, wrote on Facebook. “I hope Lebanon in my life becomes free and independent because dignity is the most precious thing.”

Criticisms similar to those expressed by Mr Kordahi have also come from Western politicians and advocates, who accuse Saudi Arabia of causing thousands of civilian casualties, arbitrarily bombing civilian targets and prolonging a war that has dragged Yemen to the brink of collapse. Famine, destroyed the country’s infrastructure and destroyed its economy.

A UN report in September accused both sides of the war – the Saudi-led coalition backed by US military aid and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels – of violating international law by killing civilians. It said coalition airstrikes had killed or injured at least 18,000 Yemeni civilians since 2015, while Houthis shelled residential areas, displaced Yemeni camps, markets and an airport.

Pressure has grown in Saudi Arabia to end the war, with President Biden stopping US military aid to the coalition in February. But the Houthi rebels rejected a ceasefire offer from the Saudis earlier this year, and hostilities continue, most recently centered on an area called Marib.

On Saturday, the number of victims grew again with a car bomb at the airport in Aden, Yemen, killing at least nine and wounding at least 29, according to a health ministry official who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.

Hwaida Saad and Asmaa al-Omar contributed reporting from Beirut, Lebanon, and Shuaib al-Mosawa from Sana, Yemen.

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