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Saudi king’s brother blames monarch, heir for devastating Yemen conflict

A high-ranking member of the Saudi royal family has leveled strident criticism at King Salman bin Abdulaziz Ale Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the atrocious military campaign against Yemen, which has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians and left the country’s critical infrastructure in ruins.

“What does the Ale Saud family have to do with your chants? We have nothing to do with what is happening [in Yemen]. There are people responsible for the state of war in Yemen… such as the king and his heir apparent,” the pan-Arab al-Araby al-Jadeed media outlet quoted Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Ale Saud as saying in a video posted online and addressed to a group of activists and protesters in the British capital, London, chanting slogans such as “Down, down, the Ale Saud” and “Criminal family Ale Saud”

According to Press TV, he added “In Yemen and elsewhere, our hope is that the war ends today before tomorrow.”

Later in the video, Prince Ahmed agreed with the protesters’ condemnation of a recent deadly airstrike by Saudi warplanes on a bus carrying schoolchildren in Yemen’s mountainous Northwestern Province of Sa’ada.

The airstrike on August 9 hit a bus carrying a group of young schoolchildren attending summer classes of the Holy Qur’an from a camp at a busy market area in the Dhahyan district of Sa’ada Province, UN Spokesman, Farhan Haq, said in a statement.

According to Yemeni medical sources, over 50 people, including 40 children, were martyred and 77 injured in the strike.

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has censured the attack, calling for “an independent and prompt investigation” into the incident.

Some 16,000 Yemenis have been martyred and thousands more injured since the onset of the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen in March 2015.

The United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.