On June 2nd representatives of Ansarallah and the Saudi led Coalition agreed to a two month extension of the nationwide ceasefire in Yemen. To secure a lasting settlement Britain must end its military and political support for the Coalition’s war.
Given the terrible suffering that the Yemeni people have endured, the first nationwide ceasefire since 2016 can only be welcomed. But there is a long way to go before the war ends.
Despite being elected on a platform of ending US support for the war on Yemen, Biden is supporting the coalition, without qualification. Towards the end of 2021 the US sold $650 million worth of advanced weapons to the Saudis – helping escalate, not end, the war on Yemen.
The Saudi and UAE war in Yemen, supplied and supported by the US, British, Canadian and French governments, is going to be wound down. The Saudi-led coalition’s intervention has failed due to the resistance mounted that has been led from within Yemeni society. Despite the US government taking steps to end the war, the British Tory government remains determined to assist the war’s prosecution to the bitterest of ends.
On 25 January an international day of action was held for Yemen. The appeal supporting the action has been endorsed by 385 organisations representing 31 nations and states. The video of the Global Online Rally was oversubscribed and can be watched on the Stop The War Coalition website.
The social catastrophe created the Saudi led war in Yemen means half the population will go hungry this year and tens of thousands will starve to death. It is vital the war is bought to an end and pressure placed on the US to end its support for the war. To assist that campaign, support the 25 January Global Day of Action.