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Recent Action Alerts
This week, a bipartisan group of representatives led by Ro Khanna (D-CA) introduced House Concurrent Resolution 138, which invokes the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to direct the president to remove any United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. While Sec. Pompeo may evade placing the conditions on assistance previously mandated by Congress, H.Con.Res.138 eschews half measures for a complete withdrawal of support, and can challenge the administration’s unlawful actions in Yemen. But the resolution won’t move without your continued advocacy, which is slowly turning the tide in Congress!
We got a bit of a surprise over the weekend. Despite election season, and despite the seemingly hundreds of scandals inundating our screens, certain members of Congress have not forgotten that US support is enabling shocking war crimes in Yemen. And this week, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) is pushing forward a tough amendment to the otherwise routine Defense Department appropriations bill to cut off US support for the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen. But it may not move without your voice!
Recent news summaries
Baseem al-Jenani reported that Houthi forces attempted to force residents of the al-Ja’bali neighborhood of al-Rabsah in Hudaydah to leave their homes in order to convert their houses into military barracks.
Save the Children reported, using data from ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Event Data), that at least 685 civilians have been killed in Yemen between June and the end of August, with 51% of these casualties (about 349 civilians) attributed to the Hudaydah campaign alone.
President Trump announced his intention to appoint Christopher Paul Henzel to replace Matthew Tueller as US Ambassador to Yemen. The American embassy has been based in Saudi Arabia since the Houthi-Saleh coup in early 2015.
Human Rights Watch released a report detailing cases of hostage-taking orchestrated by the Houthis, which includes inhumane detention, torture, and murder.
The World Food Program reported that their Red Sea Mill Silos, which “mill a quarter of the WFP’s monthly wheat requirements,” came under attack. Additionally, a mortar shell was launched by an unidentified armed group at another WFP warehouse location. This warehouse was reported to be holding enough food for 19,200 people. Since these incidents, the WFP has been unable to deliver aid to civilians.