“Saudi Arabia threatened this week to break relations with the United Nations and cut hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance to its humanitarian relief and counterterrorism programs… Senior Saudi diplomats told top U.N. officials Riyadh would use its influence to convince other Arab governments and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to sever ties with the United Nations, the officials said. The threats were issued in a series of exchanges between top Saudi officials in Riyadh, including Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, according to U.N.-based officials.”
Last week, we reported that the UN added a U.S.-backed Saudi-led military coalition to a list of children’s rights violators in its annual report on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) in response to a disturbing number of child casualties caused by the coalition in Yemen’s often forgotten war. Coming less than a week after the White House suspended the transfer of cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia, the new addition to the UN blacklist drew international attention and served as a grim reminder that the coalition’s use of cluster bombs – while one of its more atrocious tactics – is just the tip of the iceberg.
Predictably, Saudi officials responded ferociously. Brig. Gen. Ahmed Assiri, a spokesperson for the coalition, said “the report is imbalanced and does not rely on credible statistics.” He also said the report “misleads the public with incorrect numbers and mostly relies on information from sources…
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