Is the Sana’a, Yemen funeral massacre being overlooked on Twitter?
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit a funeral in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a yesterday. The attack killed over 140 people, prompted widespread condemnation, and led the US to reexamine its support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni civil war.
Airstrikes by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the US and others are reportedly responsible for a large percentage of the several thousand civilian deaths in Yemen. However, with news of the funeral bombing yesterday, many on Twitter complained that the loss of Yemeni civilian life is not receiving the attention it deserves.
Some said it’s being overshadowed by Syria.
My TL, normally filled with anguished liberals demanding US set up NF zone over Aleppo, silent about US-backed bombing of Yemeni funerals.
My TL, normally filled with anguished liberals demanding US set up NF zone over Aleppo, silent about US-backed bombing of Yemeni funerals.— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) October 8, 2016
Others claimed that recent controversies in the US presidential election are blocking out the news in Yemen.October 8, 2016
And many simply took the opportunity to criticize Saudi involvement in Yemen as a whole.
While Yemen may not receive the attention of Aleppo or the US presidential election, the above tweets do show that the war-torn country is indeed being discussed heavily on Twitter.
For their part, the Saudi Arabia-led coaliton has promised to “immediately investigate” the attack on the funeral, which it called “regrettable and painful,” according to BBC.
Saudi Arabia began military operations Yemen in 2015 to support the internationally-recognized government led by President Abdsabbuh Mansur Hadi, who took power after Arab Spring protests in the country. They lead a coalition of other Arab states backed by the US and others. Hadi’s forces are currently battling Houthi rebels supported by Iran and forces loyal to the pre-Arab Spring president Ali Abdullah Saleh.