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Recent Action Alerts
In April, your voice helped deter the Trump administration from supporting a Saudi-led coalition attack on the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah. Now, reports are surfacing that coalition-backed forces are mobilizing to attack the city from the south, which will turn Hudaydah into a battlefield, shut down its port, and further exacerbate Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe.
Saudi Arabia is starving millions of Yemenis to death, and it’s doing it with the Trump administration’s support. Some members of Congress are happy to put US support for the Saudi blockade of Yemen out of mind as they head home for Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t return to full inboxes on Monday! Heightened media coverage of the blockade has the Saudi government feeling jittery. The raised voices of a few dozen representatives and senators could push them to fully open the nation’s air and sea ports to humanitarian and commercial traffic.
Write your representative and senators today, telling them it’s time to #TalkAboutYemen and demand an end to the Saudi blockade. Your Members of Congress can do a lot to raise the temperature in Riyadh and make the Trump administration think twice about its tacit support for the blockade.
Recent news summaries
The Economist published an article on the recent movements of the Yemeni National Army. The Army had previously been trapped in a year-long stalemate, but have recently started making progress toward Hudaydah, as well as making gains in al-Jawf in the north and Shabwah in the south. The Economist attributed these recent movements to the opportunities that have been created from shifting alliances since Saleh’s death in December.
Afrah Nasser asserted in an article published by openDemocracy that Yemen continues to be the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. One point of particular concern to Nasser is the face that the number of civilian deaths reported is inconsistent with the level of suffering that is occurring on the ground.
Al Arabiya identified four members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard who have allegedly been advising the Houthis in San’a.
In the international arena, President Bashir of Sudan confirmed the Sudanese government's continued support of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
The Office of the Governor in al-Mahrah issued a statement asking local customs to refuse the entry of materials such as trucks, fertilizers, pipes, and motorcycles, which could have long-term negative economic effects on farmers as well as food production.
In another sign of the collapse of the Houthi-Saleh Alliance, Critical Threats reported that forces loyal to deceased President Saleh have stopped supporting the Houthis and have begun supporting the Emirati-led offensive to retake the Red Sea coast.
The Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, released a statement claiming there were 136 verified civilian deaths caused by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes from December 6th to December 16th. These deaths took place in San’a, Sa’dah, al-Hudaydah, and Ta’iz governorates.