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U.S. Congress, U.N. Should Continue To Press For Political Solution In War-Torn Yemen

New York Times: Saudis Try to Starve Yemen Into Submission
Editorial Board

“…Misery has been Yemen’s lot after more than three years of unrelenting war. … A raging cholera epidemic has sickened some 900,000 people, and 17 million Yemenis are now completely dependent on humanitarian aid for survival. … Impeding humanitarian assistance and using famine as a weapon are war crimes, and Saudi Arabia must realize that the world is finally taking notice. On Monday, the United States Congress passed a resolution denouncing the targeting of Yemeni civilians and calling for all parties involved to ‘increase efforts to adopt all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent civilian casualties and to increase humanitarian access.’ The vote should serve as a warning to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is intent on expanding Saudi Arabia’s regional influence, that while he may have the unreserved blessing of President Trump, American lawmakers are less tolerant of flagrant violations of international law and of basic humanity. The only way to end the Yemeni people’s hell is for Congress and the United Nations to keep pressing all parties for a political solution” (11/16).

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