5.2 Million Children in Yemen Now Face Starvation

As the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.K. and the U.S. launched a new campaign to capture the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, through which over 90% of Yemen’s food is imported, Save the Children warns 5.2 million children in Yemen are now facing starvation.

The “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” is now more dire than ever according to a new report from the U.K.-based charity Save the Children, which warns that 5.2 million children now face starvation in Yemen.

The group’s warning comes as the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.K. and the U.S., launched a new campaign to capture the Yemeni port city of Hodeida on Tuesday. Over 90% of Yemen’s food is imported through Hodeida, prompting the charity to warn that any disruption to food and fuel supplies coming through the Hodeida port “could cause starvation on an unprecedented scale.”

Save the Children reported earlier this month that it expected at least 36,000 children in Yemen — an average of 1,600 children every day — to die from extreme hunger by the end of the year….

Indeed, children in Yemen are dying at an alarming rate from preventable disease, a combination of extreme food insecurity and the Saudi-led coalition’s blockade, which has prevented the import of the medicine needed to treat such diseases. As a result, the country has fallen victim to the worst cholera epidemic in history, which the UN recently forecasted is about to get even worse as Yemen is “on the cusp of the third wave” of yet another mass cholera outbreak….


Leaked Memo Shows US Overlooked Mass Civilian Deaths In Yemen To Preserve Arms Sales

On rare occasion a story is unearthed in the mainstream media which demonstrates in stunning clarity how major foreign policy decisions are really made in Washington, especially when it comes to waging perpetual war in the Middle East often under the official rhetorical guise of “protecting civilians”.

A bombshell Wall Street Journal report details a leaked classified memo which shows Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided to continue US military involvement in the Saudi war on Yemen in order to preserve a massive $2 billion weapons deal with Riyadh. …

In August the Saudi-US coalition bombing campaign, which has been largely ignored in international media since it began in 2015, was thrust into the American media spotlight after a bus full of school children was struck by a guided bomb produced by Lockheed Martin.

The attack, which killed 40 children, was described by the Saudi coalition   of which the US plays a central role as part of ongoing “legitimate” military operations against pro-Iran Houthi forces.

The school bus bombing and prior documented attacks on hospitals, funerals, and civilian residents, caused a bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers to attempt to shut down US support to the Saudi/UAE coalition.

NPR has previously described the US role in Yemen while reporting from inside the country as focused on providingtargeting information, equipment and aircraft refueling to the Saudi air campaign, which has been widely criticized for being indiscriminate and killing civilians in places like hospitals, funerals and homes.”

When earlier this month Pompeo certified before Congress that the Saudi coalition was working to reduce harm to civilians in Yemen something Congress recently put into effect — is was an obvious sham. …

Thus the Raytheon sale of 120,000 precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates a deal said to be worth over $2 billion  appears the ultimate decider here.

The certification authorized the Pentagon to continue fueling coalition jets, and other areas of partnership such as intelligence sharing. Ironically this came last Wednesday during the same week the United Nations issued its own statement declaring the Yemen war the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis”.

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