Why is there so much hatred of Arabs?
It is the year 2017, and in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Arabian monarchy is fighting for its survival.
It has been a war that has lasted for decades.
Since the Saudi invasion of neighbouring Bahrain in March 2011, a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Arab countries has waged a war on the Shia majority in that country.
It is seen as an existential threat to the kingdom.
Now the Saudi government, which is Sunni, is in the process of rebuilding after its Arab Spring uprisings, when protesters and the military overthrew the Saudi monarchy.
But the Saudi-backed coalition also faces its own internal political turmoil and internal divisions.
The Saudis are deeply worried about a backlash in the Gulf states, where Saudi Arabia is a key oil supplier.
In March, Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman said the war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, which was launched by Iran, was the “biggest mistake” of his country’s history.
Saudi Arabia has also been involved in regional conflicts.
In 2014, it launched air strikes against the Yemeni government and Houthi fighters in the south, killing hundreds of people, including many civilians.
In the same year, Saudi jets bombed Houthi positions in Yemen and Yemen launched a cruise missile attack against Riyadh.
Saudi air strikes in Yemen have killed hundreds of civilians, many of them children, who have died in the attacks.
In 2018, Saudi-supported Saudi warplanes bombed Yemen’s northern city of Taiz, killing more than 2,000 civilians.
Last month, Saudi war planes carried out an air strike on a UN-run hospital in Yemen.
In February, Saudi and US warplanes carried out two air strikes on an Al Jazeera television station in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.
Both strikes were blamed on the Houthis.
Saudi-owned Al Jazeera, which covers the Middle East and Africa, has repeatedly been targeted by Saudi war crimes and human rights violations.
A UN report earlier this year found that the Saudi coalition was responsible for more than 1,400 civilian deaths in Yemen over a period of more than a year.
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In a video statement published on Tuesday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that the war on Houthi and Saleh forces was an internal affair, which would not impact the country’s national security.
He also warned of a “significant threat” to Saudi Arabia.
The statement, made in a video message on state television, said that Saudi Arabia had been “in a position to respond to an attack” against the country and that the government was “working closely with the international community”.
“Saudi Arabia has been in a position of readiness and capabilities to respond,” it said.
Al Jazeera’s Stephen Evans reports from Riyadh.