The war in Yemen is a global war that extends beyond the boundaries of the poorest country in the Gulf. Instead of the historic confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia, it is part of the wider international conflict in the Middle East. It is a war fueled by European and U.S. weapons, as repeatedly confirmed by humanitarian organizations and Western civil society.
Wednesday and Thursday, dozens of Italian and Yemeni citizens marched together under the NoWar Network banner, in front of the Defense Ministry and the Parliament. They have called for the application of Law 185 that imposes in Italy an arms embargo against states in conflict. But that approach fails: Weapons made in Italy continue to enrich the already full Saudi war chest.
Now this globalization is evident. After the launch of two rockets toward the U.S. destroyer Mason (that fell in the water) while on the Strait of Bab al-Mandab, the U.S. Navy stationed on the Red Sea reacted. Cruise missiles hit three radar stations controlled by the Houthis.