Earlier Tuesday, UNICEF reported that the conflict has driven Yemen’s health system to the point of collapse, with nearly 400,000 children at risk of starvation and 2.2 million people in need of urgent care.
“SHAME on all parties—including the U.S.—that are deepening the Yemen humanitarian disaster,” Lieu tweeted separately, adding, “My prediction: the muddled message White House is sending to Saudi Arabia is not going to stop further war crimes from occurring in Yemen.”
The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), a U.K.-based organization working to end global weapons sales, said the decision by the U.S. helps put a critical spotlight on British support for the coalition.
CAAT campaigner Andrew Smith said, “Like the U.S., the U.K. has licensed billions of pounds worth of arms to Saudi forces. Like their U.S. counterparts, U.K. arms companies have fueled and profited from the destruction taking place. If even the U.S. is questioning its support for Saudi Arabia, then why is the U.K. government pulling out all stops to support them? Why are human rights regarded as less important than arms company profits?”
“Today is full of news of human suffering,” Smith said. “Much of the suffering we see in Yemen is being inflicted with U.K. made weapons and with U.K. political support. The U.K. must act now to stop the arms sales and to hold its so-called ally to the same standard as other aggressors and human right abusers.”
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