Congress: Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis
Yemen’s civil war involves factions aligned with the Sunni-dominated government and the Shiite minority. The population (28 million) is about 56% Sunni Muslim and 44% Shiite Muslim. Saudi Arabia supports the Sunni side with airstrikes and other military operations, while Iran provides limited assistance, primarily weapons, to the Houthi/Shiite side. The United States assists Saudi Arabia with intelligence and targeting, and it provides aerial refueling for Saudi military aircraft.
Humanitarian effects are dire. Saudi use of U.S.-produced weapons – along with other aid – kills and wounds innocents. In addition to creating near-starvation conditions for millions of Yemenis, this war has also led to the worst cholera outbreak in the world, according to the World Health Organization.