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Recent Action Alerts
Yesterday, in a dramatic shift against current US involvement in Yemen’s civil war, 63 senators voted to discharge S.J.Res. 54 to the floor. Though a milestone in the struggle to end US complicity in Yemen’s conflict and resulting humanitarian catastrophe, we need to caution that the Senate has only voted, so far, to have a debate on the resolution. Already, some senators who supported the resolution’s discharge because of public pressure and media coverage are looking for a way to duck the final vote when it occurs next week. So we need you to keep calling and emailing until the bill passes the Senate!
Yesterday, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 54, which, if passed, would require President Trump to remove all US personnel from their activities in support of the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen. Specifically, the resolution would prevent the US administration from literally fueling Yemen’s civil war by halting the in-flight refueling of, and other logistical support to, coalition air raids that have targeted numerous schools, markets, and homes. The resolution will also reassert Congress’ power to approve and oversee the president’s deployment of the armed forces, as mandated by the War Powers Resolution. This is our best chance yet to end America’s involvement in a war that has killed more than 10,000 Yemeni civilians, displaced 3 million more, and brought about the world’s worst humanitarian disaster with 8 million people at risk of famine!
Recent news summaries
Saturday, January 5
Independent journalist Baseem al-Jenani reported that four factory workers were injured in al-Hudaydah when their factory was shelled. He also described Houthi practices in Hudaydah of repressing local community organizations and NGOs and looting their assets.
Sunday, January 6
President Trump has confirmed that Jamal al-Badawi, one of the al-Qaeda operatives responsible for the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, was killed in an airstrike in Marib Governorate on January 1.
Monday, January 7
The UN Secretary General's report was released on the implementation of the Stockholm Agreements as of today. The report notes that the Houthis have delayed the opening of key roads, and mutual ceasefire violations have been reported but not verified by the UN. Meanwhile, the Houthis have also failed to issue visas and clearances for UN personnel and equipment intended for Hudaydah. Meetings continue to be held with both sides.
The International Crisis Group published a report which called on US officials to take advantage of the leverage generated by the advancement of Senate Joint Resolution 54 to pressure the Saudi-led coalition to pause the fighting in al-Hudaydah and give peace talks a chance to succeed.
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour concluded a visit to Yemen, demanding that “the warring parties to do “‘absolutely everything humanly possible’ to prevent renewed fighting in the port city of Al Hudaydah.”
The World Health Organization reported that the cholera outbreak in Yemen “is accelerating again with roughly 10,000 suspected cases now reported per week, double the average rate for the first eight months of 2018.”
A recent report highlights the likelihood that an additional 5 million people in Yemen will starve if the fighting in al-Hudaydah continues and consequently drives up food prices.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly “threw a fit” over the draft UN Security Council resolution calling for a limited ceasefire and increase in humanitarian aid to Yemen when it was proposed to him by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
World Food Programme Chief David Beasley called the Houthis the greatest impediment to delivery of aid on the ground in Yemen, due to fighters taking up fighting positions in food warehouses in al-Hudaydah.