In a post on Consortiumnews.com, Jonathan Marshall reports on Saudi Arabia’s continuing war on Yemen using weapons sold to it by the U.S., citing a source calling the war “arguably the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.” The Obama administration has supported Saudi Arabia’s actions, but now both Democrats and Republicans in Congress are pushing back.
Belated Pushback on Saudis’ War on Yemen
Jonathan Marshall, September 2, 2016
If there were an Olympics for waging bloody wars, Saudi Arabia and its Arab coalition allies would surely win a medal for their relentless bombing of Yemen over the past year and a half to crush rebels who seized power in 2014.
One international NGO has called the ongoing war in Yemen “arguably the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” which is saying a lot considering the competition from Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan…
In March, the U.N. human rights chief accused the Saudi-led coalition of causing “twice as many civilian casualties as all other forces put together, virtually all as a result of air strikes.” Given the regularity of bombing attacks on hospitals, clinics, schools, wedding parties and other civilian targets, he added, “we are possibly looking at the commission of international crimes by members of the coalition.”When I first wrote about the Yemen conflict in April 2015, the death toll stood at several hundred, with more than a quarter million people displaced. Today the United Nation’s human rights office estimates that more than 10,000 people have been killed and three million displaced. The World Food Programme reports that seven million people — more than a quarter of Yemen’s population — are “on the brink of famine.” ~ Continue reading on Consortiumnews.com