As has already been widely reported, the mission of the Iran Shahed Rescue Ship to Yemen was unsuccessful. Massive Saudi bombing of the Hodiedah port, and 15 hired Sudanese mercenaries with rocket launchers, made delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen impossible. The 2,500 tons of medical supplies, food, and water have been handed over to the World Food Program, because Saudi terrorism has made it impossible for us to deliver them.
In the aftermath of our ship going to Djibouti, and my subsequent return to Tehran, the Saudi bombing campaign has only increased. The total number of Yemenis now dead is estimated to be well over 4,000. The Saudi bombers, being refueled by the US air force and directed by US satellites, are specifically targeting the region of Hodiedah, where we intended to deliver the food and supplies. Aid for civilians in Houthi run areas of Yemen is forbidden.
I Have Witnessed A Crime Against Humanity! –
A Message from Caleb Maupin in the Port of Djibouti
From the Port of Djibouti in North Africa, it is with great sadness and burning outrage that I announce that the voyage of the Iran Shahed Rescue Ship has concluded. We will not reach our destination at the Port of Hodiedah in Yemen to deliver humanitarian aid.
The unsuccessful conclusion of our mission is the result of only one thing: US-backed Saudi Terrorism.
Yesterday, as it appeared our arrival was imminent, the Saudi forces bombed the port of Hodiedah. They didn’t just bomb the port once, or even twice. The Saudi forces bombed the port of Hodeidah a total of eight times in a single day!
The total number of innocent dock workers, sailors, longshoremen, and bystanders killed by these eight airstrikes is still being calculated.
Furthermore, the Yemeni revolutionaries arrested 15 people yesterday, who were part of a conspiracy to attack our vessel. The plan was to attack the Iran Shahed when we arrived, and kill everyone onboard, including me.
There is talk about a Saudi inspection of the Iranian ship, “Iranian Shahed.”
Regardless of any different viewpoint in western or other media, one fact should be well observed: Iran’s government and Red Crescent Society state correctly, that the Saudis have no right whatsoever to inspect this ship and – in addition to that – consider Saudi Arabia unfit for any inspection of this humanitarian mission due to its leading role in the war against Yemen, same as the US.
UN, ICRC or other countries appointed by concerned institutions and not involved in the war against Yemen are naturally welcome on board of “Iran Shahed” for inspection.
There Will Be No Saudi Inspection Of This Ship!
A Message from Caleb Maupin onboard the “Iran Shahed” in the Gulf of Aden
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is mercilessly slaughtering people in Yemen, has absolutely no right to inspect this vessel. Neither does the United States of America or Israel. The Iranian government has
made that absolutely clear, and all of us in the delegation of peace activists from Germany, France, and the United States absolutely agree with this decision.
I am onboard the “Iran Shahed”, the rescue ship sent by the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran. We are hoping to bring aid to the people of Yemen who are enduring a horrendous attack from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Just yesterday, we heard reports that the Saudi regime is using “White Phosphorous” in civilian areas in Yemen. “White Phosphorous” is a chemical weapon in the form of a white powder that burns human flesh on contact.
The rate of civilian deaths in Yemen is particularly high. The Saudi bombs have killed very few combatants. The overwhelming majority of those who have been killed, over three thousand so far, have been civilians.
Meanwhile, the United States is not just backing and arming Saudi Arabia, but it has actively been refueling the Saudi bombers. The US military is filling up the fuel tanks of the airplanes which are conducting the bombing raids, targeting schools, hospitals and civilian infrastructure.
Our journey is progressing and our vessel has passed through the Persian Gulf, and now entered the both famous and infamous Gulf of Aden.
The Gulf of Aden is a small strip of ocean between the Arabian Peninsula and the African continent. This small but vital area has been mentioned in world news quite a few times in the past years, mainly for two very common occurrences, piracy and migration.
Let Us Help the Yemeni People!
– A Message from Caleb Maupin onboard the “Iran Shahed” Rescue Ship in the Persian Gulf
sent from Iranian escorted Red Crescent aid ship by Caleb Maupin of NYC
I have just heard what the US officials have said, and I must say that I and all the other peace activists aboard the Iran Shahed are filled with burning outrage.
Why should we drop the goods in Djibouti and let the United Nations deliver them for us? Why should we trust the United Nations, which has stood by and allowed the Saudi military to destroy Yemen and slaughter thousands of innocent people? Why should we specifically trust the United Nations Relief Works Agency, which has a history of disgusting scandals, mismanaging assistance to those in need? The United Nations cannot be trusted.
** I would like to point out that the base in Djibouti belongs to the US. The United States has been supporting the Saudi Arabian massacre in Yemen, air raids that mostl target civilians, with logistical assistance, weapons and political cover at the United Nations. The US has sent a warship to enforce the Saudi Blockade of Yemen. Sending the aid to Djibouti to hand off to US controlled ditribution would inconsistent with the motivation to provide the aid to the innocent civlians in Yemen., ~JB
*A Criminal US-Saudi War of Aggression*
Caleb Maupin, 5/12/15: In response to a massive uprising demanding democracy and self-determination in Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has unleashed a horrific bombing campaign. Over one thousand innocent civilians are already dead. Schools, hospitals, power plants and mosques are being targeted. As a citizen of the United States, nothing disturbs me more than the fact that the cruise missiles and other weapons being used to terrorize and kill innocent Yemenis, are provided by my own government. Our government constantly utilizes propaganda about “Human Rights” when attempting to isolate and demonize certain countries, but for more than half a century it has been coddling the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the most blatant human rights violators on the planet.
An Intervew with Zafar Bangash, an expert on Islam and the Middle East: (begins at 9 min, 30 sec) http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/2015/04/10/the-saudi-us-connection-against-yemen/
This is a copy of the petition I put on Roots Action this evening. Please sign and share.
What do we want?
Condemn the war planned and waged by Saudii Arabia against the people of Yemen on behalf of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi the deposed president of Yemen. Demand that Saudi Arabia disband their coalition and immediately cease making war on the people of Yemen and end their ‘humanitarian’ bombing campaign which is creating a humanitarian disaster in Yemen.
If Saudi Arabia does not comply, refer Prince Mohammad bin Salman, son of King Salman and current Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia, who initiated this brutal and illegal assault on Yemen and it’s people to the International Criminal Court.
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