Rana Ayub, the Mumbai-based journalist, who has emerged as the darling of anti-India forces and Islamists on Saturday (January 22) called Saudis ‘bloodthirsty’ for waging war against terror in Yemen.
Taking out her anger for killing of Yemeni terrorists and others, she tweeted, “Yemen is bleeding and there is nobody to stop the bloodthirsty Saudis. These are people who call themselves custodians of Islam. As a Muslim, I am ashamed that these savages are the guardians of the holy mosque. The world CANNOT stay silent thru genocide #YemenUnderAttack.”
Rana Ayub’s tweet has not gone down well with the Saudis who took Twitter to express their anger. A twitter user from KSA, Jeddah, Gassan, posted “Fake news. U mean as a muslim brotherhood. Whoever. Saudi Arabia has launched military operations in Yemen, as part of a coalition of over ten countries in response to a direct request from the legitimate government of Yemen. We supporting legitimate and U supporting terrorists.”
Commentator Hassan Sajwani from UAE called Rana Ayyub a terror apologist who supports terrorists under the smokescreen of ‘Humanitarian Voice’. He posted “The likes of Rana Ayyub are the biggest culprits. Under the smokescreen of “Humanitarian Voice” they constantly back Houthis, Hamas, and Muslim Brotherhood aligned groups. Ms. Rana forgot that Houthis killed 2 innocent Indians (her countrymen) last week in Abu Dhabi. Shame!”
In another post, Sajwani said “She ignores the atrocities and war crimes committed by the Houthis but calls Saudis “bloodthirsty”. These white label Islamists are even more dangerous than the terrorists themselves! Shame!”
Interestingly, Pakistan Consulate General Vancouver retweeted her anti-Saudi tweet along with some liberals in India. Rana Ayub is a darling of extremist Pakistanis. Even her tweets and broadsides against Indian government make headlines in Pakistan. Recently, Radio Pakistan had done a programme on Ayub.
Last week, two Indians were killed when Houthi terrorists attacked the Abu Dhabi airport. In the ongoing fight in Yemen, Houthi terrorists are backed by Iran, an arch-rival of Saudi Arabia in the region.
After the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi was ousted in an armed rebellion by Houthis in January 2015, he has been living in exile in Saudi Arabia. On his request, Saudi Coalition is targeting the Yemen government. The Saudi coalition intensified the airstrike in Yemen last week after Houthis claimed the drone attack on the Abu Dhabi airport which killed seven people, including two Indians.
To her embarrassment, Saudis and Emiratis reminded how she has been collecting funds for humanitarian work but using it for her personal work. Netizen from Jeddah Faisal posted “Personally, I’m ashamed of people who gather donations for worthy causes and then fail to utilize those funds for the purpose for which they were raised. But that’s just me.”