On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabia government issued a pardon providing its military members involved in the Saudi Arabia-led and United States-supported war on Yemen with sweeping protection from potential penalties.
A statement announcing the pardon, published by Saudi Arabia’s government news agency SPA, did not mention any particular crimes, but said the move was to show appreciation for the “heroics and sacrifices” of the country’s soldiers.
The statement announced the order “pardoning all military men, who have taken part in the Operation Restoring Hope of their respective military and disciplinary penalties, in regard of some rules and disciplines”.
The war on Yemen has been responsible for creating great destruction and suffering through extensive bombings, as well as fighting on the ground and a blockade.
In addition to deaths and injuries caused directly by military actions, the ongoing attack on Yemen has brought about large increases in malnutrition and disease through the destruction of homes and infrastructure, as well as the blocking of imports needed to sustain Yemenis’ health.
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The issuing of the pardon can be seen as giving Saudi Arabia military members a “green light” to increase the brutality.
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