Amnesty warns of consequences of US military response to Saudi attacks[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/17 8:37 • 143 times read[/rtl]
Amnesty International Secretary General Komi Naidu has warned that any US military intervention in response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities, which Iran accuses, will only aggravate the suffering in the Middle East.
Naidu said Monday the world should instead redouble efforts to end devastating violence in Yemen, where a Saudi-led air campaign is targeting Houthi positions.
"We need to stop the bloodshed immediately, and any talk of military intervention at the moment will only aggravate the bad situation," Naidu said in an interview with Agence France-Presse in Washington.
"The appalling levels of violence to which people are subjected, the bombing of hospitals, the destruction of water infrastructure and so on, should have only been stopped by political will," Naidu said.
"Unfortunately, it seems that some governments, if they are allied with the United States, such as Saudi Arabia, can escape accountability for crimes."
He warned of similar results for the 2003 invasion of Iraq that "created the catastrophe we now have, not only in Iraq but also in its neighbors."
"Some political leaders can, for opportunistic reasons, make the choice to go to war because it may help them electively," he said.
But he added: "I am not making a distinction between countries, I think many of them feel comfortable to beat the drums of war at the moment."
Attacks on Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia, where the world's largest oil processing plant and the Khurais oilfield are located in the east of the kingdom, have caused record prices in troubled global markets.
The Houthis, who are resisting the military alliance in Yemen, claimed responsibility for Saturday's attacks, but the United States blamed Iran, with President Donald Trump saying his country was "ready to respond" to the operation.