Iran and Saudi Arabia are engaged in proxy in many fronts such as, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. However, the most frightening of the lot is Yemen. Because of the fight between the Iran backed Houthi rebels that control large parts of Yemen including the capital city, Saana and Saudi Arabia led coalition; more than 7,600 people have died in the fighting plus a serious cholera outbreak has infected more than 300,000.
The apocalypse of Yemen is caused mainly by the regular bombing of Saudi Arabia, plus lack of medical facilities, hospitals, epidemics and a likely famine that is expected to take place soon.
United States is directly backing the Saudi coalition as they fear that Iran can start controlling the flow of oil in the region. US-Saudi concerns are that Iran is trying to encircle Saudi Arabia that would make it easy for the former to establish its hegemony in the region. The US effort to isolate Iran has failed so far and Iran is more than capable of exercising its might in the region.
Although, Saudi Arabia is responsible for numerous deaths in Yemen, it is also biggest donor of that country. It has provided more than $274 million in humanitarian assistance to Yemen through U.N. agencies. Further, Saudi Arabia has established the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid to facilitate and coordinate relief efforts in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has recently announced it will donate an additional $267 million in aid. The Salman Center just donated another $10 million to the International Red Cross.
The question regarding Yemen is not who’s right and who’s wrong! It is how to end this devastating civil war? There is no sight of decisive victory or defeat for either group. Saudi Arabia and United States must enter into a discussion and negotiation with Iran, much the way President Obama persuaded and successfully achieved the nuclear deal. However, the arrogance of US and Saudis is preventing this from happening. As a consequence to it, the raw deal of this proxy war has to be borne by the poor and displaced people of Yemen.