CNN stands Yemen facts on head

CNN stands Yemen facts on head

Op-ed

Yaseen Khaled

In my previous column I wrote about how many western media stand Yemen facts on head; portraying the Houthi terrorist group as the victims and the opponents of Houthis (essentially the Yemeni people) as the author of Yemen's misfortune.

Since biased coverage such as these continue to mislead the international reader about what is going on in my country I would like to refute as many of these torrential reports as possible, one at a time.

On August 2, the CNN published an article entitled "Rare drone footage captures life amid the rubble in war-torn city" to claim that the Houthi-held capital Sana'a is in ruins!

A whopper in the headline. Everyone in Yemen and every interested follower of the Yemeni conflict knows that Sana'a is one of a few totally safe cities that fortunately survived the war with the least minimal damage. Simply because the Houthis are not shelling and besieging it, it is their stronghold from where they plan the war and send their battalions of extremist fighters southward to fight government soldiers and kill and round up oppositionist civilians. The Arab Coalition's strikes in Sana'a have for three years been focused on the arms depots in Al-Nahdain and Attan mountains on the periphery of the city. In the age of Google Earth and drone planes, no giant news network should dare to lie and claim that a wholesome city is war-torn.

Collateral damage to civilian infrastructure in Sana'a is fortunately too limited, despite the fact that the war has been going for more than three years and the fact that Sana'a is the rebels' stronghold. The phrase "war-torn" here is a lie, unprofessional and a sign of bias.

The first sentence goes: "striking new drone images from the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, sheds light on the rarely accessible, rebel-held city, under siege for years and bombarded by airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition."

The reporters say "images" and provide only one over cited image of a building that was damaged at the beginning of the war in Old Sana'a, because it was a military site.

"Rarely accessible" is a lie, unless the reporters meant that the Houthis prevent reporters from taking photographs. Why would they if Sana'a is war-torn? That is to their advantage, I guess.

Most importantly, it didn't come across the writers' minds at the moment of writing their piece that there is a Google Earth now.

"Under siege for years." The writer knows that the Houthi-held Sana'a is never under siege and that even Houthis don't claim that. But the CNN writers volunteered the lie anyway.

The fact of the matter is that cities that opposed the Houthis are under siege, a real siege, for years! and CNN and other more biased media are not interested in showing that.

Taiz has been under a continuous siege since 2015. From their checkpoints around the city, the Islamic theocratic terrorists have been preventing commercial goods and humanitarian aid from entering the city, cutting the city into two (rural and urban) parts, abducting suspected oppositionists and making a previously a half an hour drive from the countryside to the city a seven hour arduous risky journey. Yet this is the easiest of the abuses the militants commit in that city. The militia's fightes have been killing and maiming civilians in the city continuously by Katyucha rockets, bullets and landmines. The snipers have mostly killed girls. One only needs to search the archive of this website to verify what I am saying; the names and pictures of the killed children are provided in every story. Yet neither the CNN nor any other outlet is interested in the cities where the Houthis are practicing their beastly habits.

One last word to the CNN reporters and all media outlets that have been standing Yemen facts on head for years in favor of Houthis: The UN Humanitarian Coordinator to Yemen says more than eight million Yemenis now survive on one meal every two days.

By your twisted coverage that sees Yemen through the prism of the theocratic Houthi militia, you are aiding the criminal against the victims – the Yemeni people. 

 

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