As the US and UK cut aid spending to Yemen, the countries continue to reap billions selling weapons to fuel the War. To date At least 4,600 civilians have been killed and more than 8,000 have been injured since the Saudi Arabia-led coalition began carrying out air strikes in Yemen in March 2015 and an estimated 18.8 million people in Yemen rely on humanitarian assistance and are in desperate need of food, water, fuel and shelter in order to survive
Adding to the long list of War crimes currently taking place throughout Yemen, an investigative report by Amnesty International today reveals how Iranian backed Houthi soldiers in Yemen are trying to fuel ground movements and bolster forces by recruiting local children for battle.
The US raid on an Al-Qaeda stronghold in Yemen this weekend didn’t just kill 1 US soldier, it also killed 23 civilians – reportedly including pregnant women and young children. Trump has repeatedly said that he would “kill the terrorists and their families” – if elected. Looks like Trump really is a man of his word?
Two days ago Wikileaks announced the release of “The Yemen Files,” a collection of documents chronicling US weapon shipments to Saudi Arabia since 2009 – leading to the outbreak of Civil War in Yemen which continues to this day.
Investigative Report from Amnesty International: Pro-Government forces in Yemen are not bombing hospitals and killing off medical personnel like their counterparts in Aleppo, they are hijacking them, stationing troops inside them an dictating who can receive medical treatment or not – violating international law and committing War Crimes in the process.
Last October the US Navy directly engaged ground targets in Yemen for the first time – immediately spurning peace negotiations. Almost a month later now, not only has the peace process fallen apart but US allies are slowly assembling an impressive fleet around the country.
As of last night, Saudi Arabia and Yemeni forces have agreed to a initial ceasefire of 72 hours to allow humanitarian aid to enter the country. The news comes 10 weeks after the last ceasefire negotiations failed, the different this time? The US military may finally be “all in” to end this conflict once and for all
Days after a separate investigation found that 1/3 of Saudi led air strikes in Yemen have struck civilian targets and days ahead of a US Senate vote to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International has found that US manufactured weapons, previously sold to Saudi Arabia, were the same weapons used in recent hospital bombings.
This past Tuesday, after a 3 month ceasefire, Saudi Arabia bombed a hospital and market – killing 19 civilians and shutting down access to 6 other hospitals in the process. This past Friday, after 16 months in the area, the US announced it will remove all but 5 military personnel from the country.
The United Nations names the situation in Yemen “the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth.” In 15 months, more than 9,000 people have died – 3,000 of which were innocent civilians – and 2.8 million more have been driven out of their homes.