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The Starvation of Yemen Hasn’t Stopped

The Saudi-led coalition will keep Yemen’s main port shut [1] for the foreseeable future:

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said it will continue to block the main aid route into the country until it is satisfied its Houthi opponents cannot use it to bring in weapons [bold mine-DL].

The coalition closed all air, land and sea access to Yemen last week following the interception of a missile fired towards the Saudi capital, saying it had to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran.

Keeping the port of Hodeidah closed even for a short time guarantees that many innocent Yemenis will die [2] from hunger and preventable disease. Hodeidah is the country’s main port and the lifeline for most of the population, so keeping it closed will have terrible consequences for millions of people. The coalition has no right to condition the opening of the port on anything, and as long as they keep the port closed they are violating international law and make it more likely that there will be massive loss of life from famine.

Strengthening the U.N.’s inspections will mean that the very slow process of bringing in vital supplies will become even slower than it was. That will make the food and medicine that make it through too costly for the most of the population. The coalition has already repeatedly delayed or diverted [3] shipments of food and medicine that were approved by the U.N.’s verification mechanism, so it is clear that stopping arms shipments is just an excuse. They have used the blockade to try to starve Yemen into submission for years, and they will keep doing that even if the port is reopened. In order to address Yemen’s humanitarian crisis effectively, the coalition blockade has to be completely lifted and there should be no more interference with the delivery of aid.

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#1 Comment By and who pays? On November 13, 2017 @ 9:43 am

The Saudis started a war they shouldn’t have started and don’t know how to finish.

Many have pointed out the parallels between what the Israelis did to the Palestinians and what the Saudis are now doing to Yemen, and how America seems to feel obliged to cover for the Saudis because we covered similar crimes for Israel.

But one of the gravest parallels is that, just as the Israelis made a multi-generational enemy of the Palestinian Arabs, Muslim and Christian alike, the Saudis are doing the same in Yemen. They are reaching a point in this pointless, immoral, unjust onslaught where they will never be able to feel safe from the hatred of Yemenis whose innocent kin have been dispossessed, killed, starved, and subjected to terrible disease by the Saudis. They will have created an enemy as intractable and committed as the Israelis created in Palestine. And America had damn well better steer clear of it.

We’ve suffered enough because of our cursed relationship with Israel without our relationship with Saudi Arabia intensify the curse.

#2 Comment By b. On November 13, 2017 @ 6:02 pm

Where is Madeline “Worth It” Albright when you really need her?

Saudi Arabia and its allies – the US qualifies – are doing to Yemen what the US-led “international community” did to Iraq, what the Trump administration would really like to do to Iran, and Clinton really wanted to do to Russia – “effective” sanctions, sanctions “that hurt”, “hard-hitting” sanctions that kill – collective punishment for anybody we can hit to compensate for the fact that we cannot hit those that actually matter, often because there actually isn’t anybody who matters – no matter how much we spend on our activist “defense”. I am sure the US has already tried to kill any number of Houthi “lieutenants” to do the royal purse a favor.

Bin Laden got that very idea from US, by way of Israel, in Palestine and Gaza. Yemen isn’t much of a democracy, so if collective punishment merits our approval, he actually had a better case, plus the number of his innocent victims was much lower. Worth it?