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Recent Action Alerts
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!
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.
Recent news summaries
Last week, the Houthis killed dozens of Sudanese troops in an ambush, which provoked intense fighting between the coalition and the rebel group. The coalition now claims it is close to driving the Houthis completely out of Midi, a district in Hajjah. The Coalition made this same claim in 2016.
A coalition airstrike killed 14 civilians and wounded 9 in a residential area in al-Hudaydah. The majority of the victims were women and children trying to escape the heat in their homes. The coalition said these strikes targeted a Houthi military gathering.
“If the warring sides care about Yemen, they should make concessions and save us from this plight,” says Suha Salem, a Yemeni woman, in an al-Jazeera article reporting female civilians’ experiences with the war.
A YouGov poll in France showed that 75% of French people want President Macron to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia and other countries involved in the Yemeni war.
An International Rescue Committee report found that the Saudi-led coalition is depriving civilians in Yemen of basic healthcare, killing far more than the fighting itself. According to the report, 9.3 million Yemenis are denied life-saving health services, while only half of health facilities in Yemen are operational.