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The Progressive - March 9, 2022

In recent months, the war in Yemen saw a major burst of violence, featuring dramatic increases in military attacks, battlefield deaths, and civilian suffering, most of it receiving little attention in the United States.

As the world’s attention has focused on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Yemen Data Project has documented a large spike in air raids in Yemen, marking one of the largest escalations in the war over the past several years.

“Currently, we’re in a state of escalatory military action,” Timothy Lenderking, the U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen, said in a public address early last month.

As the war intensified, it faded from public view, even as the suffering of the Yemeni people worsened. In one of the greatest blows to public oversight, the U.N. Human Rights Council ended the mandate of a U.N. expert panel on Yemen, which had been documenting human rights violations in the country.

“This is a time to increase, not abandon, attention to Yemenis trapped in war zones,” Kathy Kelly wrote in The Progressive.

The war in Yemen has been raging for nearly a decade. Major parties to the war include the Houthis, who seized power in a revolution in 2014, and a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which launched a military intervention in 2015 with the goal of restoring the ousted Yemeni government to power. The United States backs the Saudi-led military coalition.

The war has created what has been called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. More than twenty million people require humanitarian assistance. An estimated twelve million people are living in acute need, meaning that they need aid to sustain their livelihoods. More than four million people are internally displaced. ...
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