News Release

U.S. Backing Saudi Escalation of Starvation in Yemen


Lee Fang in the Intercept’s “Watch Members of Congress Attempt to Explain Why They Won’t Vote on War in Yemen” writes: “The brutal war in Yemen has intensified in recent days, with the Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States increasing its bombing campaign and blockade of ports. Meanwhile, the architect of the war, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has launched a widespread purge of the government, while using a missile launched from Yemen as a pretext to threaten war with Iran.”

SHIREEN AL-ADEIMI, sha980 at, @shireen818
Al-Adeimi, originally from Yemen, is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She said today: “While the Saudi-led coalition has continuously violated international humanitarian laws in Yemen, their total blockade of Yemen’s remaining point of entry for food and medicine, Hodeidah, means millions of Yemenis will now face famine and certain death. This latest move proves that, with the support of the United States, Saudi Arabia has placed a target on every man, woman, and child in Yemen.”

GARETH PORTER, porter.gareth50 at, @GarethPorter
Independent investigative journalist Porter has written many pieces on Yemen including “The U.S. Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen” and IPA news releases including “Breaking the Yemen Central Bank: Is Saudi Arabia Using Starvation as a Weapon?

The International Committee of the Red Cross reports: “In Yemen, 900,000 people have cholera.”

See joint statement on Yemen from a number of groups: “We are deeply disappointed that House leadership has again prevented a debate and vote on ending U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen, which is largely responsible for the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

Paul R. Pillar just wrote the piece “How Saudi Arabia Sows Instability” for Consortium News: “The Trump administration is worse than oblivious to all this; it is stoking it. While the President tweets about which stock exchange should be used for an initial public offering of shares in Aramco, at least as important a figure is another princeling. That would be the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who reportedly has hit it off well with his fellow thirty-something MBS and visited the Saudi crown prince just days before the purge.”