British journalist Dr. Myriam François has criticized the US and UK for bombing Yemen after Houthi rebels attacked ships linked to Israel to protest its war in Gaza.
The Houthis have been launching missile on ships linked to Israel in Red Sea to support Palestinians, forcing cargo ships to divert to longer routes that increased journey times and costs.
Since Jan. 12, the US and UK, with the support of Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands, have launched at least eight rounds of airstrikes on Yemen, including Sanaa.
In an interview the Sky News, presenter Yalda Hakim asked François about her opinion on the “massive interruptions” to global trade, saying that many had complained that the Biden administration should have “acted sooner and faster.”
François then slammed the US and UK for bombing one of the world’s poorest countries that has been under a humanitarian blockade.
“So we are bombing the poorest, one of the poorest countries in the world that has been under a humanitarian blockade,” François said in response. “There has been famine. These people have been decimated, and we have bombing them because a couple of guys in dinghies in support for the Palestinians, who are having a genocide committed against them, they’re objecting to that, and we’re bombing them?”
“I’m so sorry your Amazon packages are delayed. I really am. Like, I wish mine came on time,” François continued. “But, you know, genocide, guys, genocide.”
“There are two mothers a day dying in Gaza and it’s 109 days into a conflict in which a humanitarian crisis has been declared to the world, day in and day out,” she said.
US president Joe Biden said he ordered the strikes to show the Houthis that the US and its allies “will not tolerate” the attacks on shipping.
US officials said that the strikes are aimed at degrading the Houthi’s capabilities to continue the attacks and not to kill leaders, but the Houthis said the strikes have killed at least five people and injured six others.
The group condemned the US’ strikes as terrorism, saying they had not attack American shores or islands.
Following the strikes, massive protests erupted across major cities in Yemen, as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets against the US’ attacks
More than 27,000 Palestinians in Gaza, mostly women and children, have been killed by Israel’s airstrikes and ground offensive since Oct. 7.