The War You Never Hear About ☠️

 Yahya Arhab / EPA

Yahya Arhab / EPA

Children: the most recent collateral damage

Last week, a Saudi-led airstrike in a rebel-controlled province of Yemen hit a school bus. According to the Red Cross, the attack left 51 dead – 40 of them children. The Saudi-led military coalition is investigating the attack, but has maintained that the operation was a legitimate military attack targeting Houthi terrorist militants.

 

The Forgotten War

The civil war in Yemen, called the ‘Forgotten War’, is rooted in a failed transition of power following the 2011 Arab Spring. Longtime authoritarian president Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced out with then-vice president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi set to take over. The Houthis, with security forces loyal to Saleh, attempted to take over the country, which forced Hadi to flee the country. Worried that the uprising was supported by Iran, Saudi Arabia launched a military assault to restore Hadi as president. 



Pro-Saudi outlets claim that the military action was legitimate. They assert that the Saudi coalition was targeting Houthi leaders responsible for recruiting young children for war. Furthermore, they assert that the military action was in accordance with international humanitarian law. They also call out the UN Security Council for inaction against Iran for supplying weapons to Houthi terrorist militia.

Anti-Saudi outlets emphasize the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen as a result of a war waged by Saudi Arabia and backed by the US. They contend that the US supplies intelligence, resources, and weapons to the Saudi coalition. Furthermore, they state that the bomb that destroyed the school bus was American. They criticize US media for ignoring America’s role in the conflict.

A growing humanitarian crisis

Yemen is currently the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Data on the crisis is difficult to verify. Some sources claim there have been more than 40,000 Yemeni casualties to date. Another organization estimates that 50,000 children died in 2017alone due to hunger and disease. 11.3 million Yeminis need urgent help to sustain life – mostly women and children. Three US Senators attempted to push a war powers resolution to end US involvement in Yemen, but were voted down by the Senate.

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