Good News in Yemen

A serious cease-fire after six years and 400,000 dead

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The first serious truce between warring parties in Yemen took effect earlier this month. The Yemen conflict has continued for six years and killed 400,000 people, has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and involved the U.S., but American media gave it scant coverage compared to the invasion of Ukraine. In any case, an interview by The Intercept‘s Ryan Grim of antiwar lobbyist Hassan El-Tayyab gives details on the promising news. A link to a transcript of the interview is below, but first some highlights:

  • The factions “agreed to a two-month truce proposed by the United Nations” and Yemen’s exiled president said he would “transfer power to an eight-member presidential council.”
  • The truce happened after an announcement by Sen. Bernie Sanders and various Congressional representatives of an intention to reassert Congress’s Article 1 war powers and “terminate ongoing U.S. participation in the war.”
  • The Ukraine war “has only exacerbated the humanitarian conditions in Yemen by making food even more scarce.” The U.N. warns famine numbers in Yemen could actually increase “fivefold in the second half of 2022 as a result of wheat import shortages and the ongoing Saudi-fuel blockade.”

The link: https://theintercept.com/2022/04/09/deconstructed-yemen-war-cease-fire-truce/

 

Barbara E. Rose is Web Editor of the NOR.

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