Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis traveled to Capitol Hill for a briefing with Senate lawmakers regarding Yemen where they emphasized the strategic importance of the US.-Saudi relationship and defended the administration's response to the murder of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
The Queen Esther Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona, condemns the military action of Saudi Arabia in the Yemen civil war which began in 2015.
The Queen Esther Project asks the U.S. Congress to stop any military arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia until a thorough investigation into allegations of humanitarian abuses are reviewed by the United Nations and by the U.S. Congress.
For three years, Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, has been wracked by a bloody war between the Houthi rebels and supporters of Yemen's international recognized government.
The Houthis, and the Yemeni government have battled on and off since 2004, but much of the fighting was confined to the Houthis (Shia) stronghold, northern Yemen's impoverished Saada province.
In September 2014, the Houthis took control of Yemen's capital, Sanaa and proceeded to push southwards toward the country's second-biggest city, Aden. In response to the Houthis' advances, a coalition of Arab states launched a military campaign in 2015 to defeat the Houthis and restore Yemen's government.
A resolution that would force President Trump to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's military actions in Yemen is picking up support even after Pompeo and Mattis held the closed-door meeting asking senators not to support a resolution.
Saudi Arabia shares a long and porous border with Yemen, and it fears what it sees as Iranian expansionism through its support for Shia armed groups; a valid concern for Saudi Arabia.
However, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that more than 3 million Yemenis have fled their homes to elsewhere in the country, and 280,000 have sought asylum in other countries, including Djibouti and Somalia.
Moreover, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has estimated that the Saudi-led coalition air strikes caused almost two-thirds of reported civilian deaths where 10,000 have been killed.
THE CONFLICT in Yemen has taken a devastating toll on the most vulnerable members of society: THE CHILDREN.
NEARLY 22 million Yemenis - and nearly all children- are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
UNICEF reports that nearly 7,000 children have been killed.
THE U.S. - SAUDI ARMS DEAL:
As this commentator first reported in 2017, selling arms to the Saudis is locative business. It supports the defense contractors of the United States who have traditionally been supporters of the Republican Party.
The U.S.-Saudi arms deal brokered by President Trump is 7 times greater than any U.S. arms agreement with Israel. The "deal" will grow to $350 billion in defense sales to Saudi over time. Included in the "deal" are new regulations that will allow Riyadh to purchase drones from the U.S. with fewer restrictions. Saudi has pledged $400 million for U.S. equipment and other items.
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