New campaign in US to end Yemen war

Washington (Debriefer)
2019-09-04 | Since 10 Month

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A set of US republican and democrat lawmakers are working on a new campaign to end the Saudi-led bombing in Yemen, amid growing criticism against the 4-year war in the impoverished Arab country.

The legislators intend to ban the US logistic support for the Saudi-led Arab coalition air raids in support of Yemeni legitimacy, the Washington Post has reported, through redrafting the annual defensive policy bill.

They hope this step will effectively lead to a halt of the airstrikes by banning the provision of spare parts needed by Riyadh to maintain its aircraft. This would also lead to restriction on certain forms of intelligence exchange, the paper added.

The US lawmakers' call comes as the toll of civilian deaths is in the rise, and infighting between divisions allied with US key partners further complicates peace prospects.

On Tuesday, a report by UN experts said the United States, France and Britain may be complicit in potential war crimes in Yemen, by their supply of ordnance, intelligence and logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition, which the report accused of starving civilians.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally-recognized government late in 2014.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi.

Coalition aircraft strike Yemeni areas to target alleged Houthi arsenal and drone sites, but some strikes have missed targets and left hundreds of civilians killed, pushing UN groups to blame coalition for war crimes.

Yemen 4-year war has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced, triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.


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