Riyadh (GPA) – U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis made his first trip to Riyadh on Tuesday. A major topic was of course the conflict in Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s role. Mattis was eager to initiate the idea of UN-brokered peace talks. But looking…
Nearly 2.2 million Yemeni children are acutely malnourished, victims of the near-collapse of the health care system during two years of escalating Saudi-sparked conflict, UN children’s fund UNICEF said on Tuesday.
At least 462,000 are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, as food supplies have been disrupted by the devastating war between the Saudi-backed fugitive former government and Houthis, the agency said.
Saada province, a Houthi bastion in the far north, has the world’s highest stunting rate among children with eight out of 10 children affected in some areas, it added.
Dozens of Civilian Deaths Underscore Need for Saudi Arms Embargo.
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition killed several dozen civilians in three apparently unlawful airstrikes in September and October 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. The coalition’s use of United States-supplied weapons in two of the strikes, including a bomb delivered to Saudi Arabia well into the conflict, puts the US at risk of complicity in unlawful attacks.
Men, women and children in Yemen are at risk of “catastrophic hunger” as the conflict between a Saudi Arabian led coalition and the Yemeni government continues.
Mass unemployment, rising food prices and a drop in exports means people in Yemen could run out of food fast, international charity Oxfam has warned.
Promptly Publish Findings of Yemen Conflict Review
The United States should immediately halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia following numerous unlawful coalition attacks in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to President Barack Obama. The review announced by the US government following the October 8, 2016 bombing of a crowded funeral hall should examine alleged unlawful airstrikes in which US forces may have taken part and its findings should be released publicly before Obama leaves office.
“While coalition forces bomb homes, schools, hospitals and funerals in Yemen, the United States continues to allow shipments of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia,” said Sarah Margon, Washington director at Human Rights Watch. “President Obama has one final chance to change US policy on Saudi Arabia and Yemen for the better by stopping weapons’ transfers immediately and reviewing possible participation of US forces in the coalition’s many unlawful airstrikes.”
The US conducting strikes in Yemen is nothing new. But yesterday, the US officially opened a new front in their global war by conducting missile attacks on Houthi-held territory.
The decision was made under the direct authorization of President Obama after what officials call “failed missile attacks” by the Houthis against the USS Mason on Sunday and Wednesday. A Houthi spokesman has denied the claims entirely calling them “baseless” stating the US is likely trying to “escalate aggression and cover up crimes committed against the Yemeni people.”