The civil war in Yemen has claimed over 10,000 civilian lives as Saudi-backed forces of the Yemeni government are fighting Shia Houthi rebels, who are allied with forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Eighteen million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million with very acute need, former UN Human Rights Officer Lyal Sunga told RT. He added that military force is often used disproportionately by the Saudi-led coalition.
A group of Congressmen from both major parties is hoping to force a vote over Washington’s involvement in Yemen, with a resolution invoking the War Powers Act to force the US to stop aiding the Saudi-led coalition in its bombing campaign.
Yemeni rebel leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, has warned the Saudi-led coalition to think twice before attacking the port city of Hodeidah, stating that Saudi oil tankers are within target range of his group’s missiles.
Millions of Yemenis are on the brink of starvation while the country is in the midst of the world’s fastest-growing cholera epidemic. Civil war, foreign military intervention, and a naval blockade have caused death and disease on a massive scale.
A rights group condemns the Saudi-led coalition for unwilling to probe its “unlawful attacks.” Although the coalition admitted a recent “technical error,” which led to dozens of casualties, HRW says Yemen needs more than “generic expressions of sympathy.”