Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Morocco No Longer Part of Saudi-Led War on Yemen

Morocco No Longer Part of Saudi-Led War on Yemen

Morocco is said to have suspended its participation in the Saudi-led military coalition's war on Yemen.

Speaking to Russian press agency Sputnik, Bourita stated that the information, reported by American news agency Associated Press, was "unfounded".

Morocco has suspended its participation in the Saudi-led military coalition's fight against Yemen's Houthi rebels, government officials have said.

Morocco is not now taking part in military interventions or ministerial meetings in the Saudi-led coalition, according to a Moroccan government official.

"This targeting operation is an extension to the previous two military operations on (January 19th and 31st, 2019), that were conducted by the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to target and destroy an Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia's integrated network for UAV capabilities and its logistical facilities, in addition to locations of foreign experts", he added.

Rabat also stayed notably silent in the Jamal Khashoggi killing, while the Saudi royal family cancelled their annual holiday plans to Morocco previous year.

When Bourita was asked why King Mohammed VI did not host Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on a recent tour of other Arab countries, Bourita said: "Official visits are prepared in advance, according to protocol".

The documentary caused a backslash in Morocco, prompting many Moroccans on social media to express their rejection of the Saudi "ultimate provocation" and to urge the Moroccan government to reconsider its relations with Saudi Arabia.

Weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals, as well as water and electricity plants, have been targeted, killing and wounding thousands.

After Bourita's interview, Saudi television channel Al-Arabiya aired a documentary on the disputed Western Sahara, supporting claims that Morocco invaded it after Spanish colonizers left in 1975.

The four-year war and the country's economic collapse have unleashed the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis, with 14 million of Yemen's 29 million population facing starvation. The narrative was one-sided in Polisario's favor as the channel did not even include Morocco's position nor its autonomy initiative to settle the artificial dispute nor did it mention the hegemonic ambitions of Algeria in perpetuating the regional dispute.

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