UN Human Rights Council Abandons Yemen

Charles Pierson The UN Human Rights Council has quashed an ongoing investigation into possible war crimes in Yemen.  The HRC rejected a draft resolution on October 7 which would have continued the mandate of the UN Group of Eminent Independent and Regional Experts on Yemen (GEE) to investigate war crimes and human rights violations in…

Can Saudis/US Use Water Crisis to Bring Yemenis to Their Knees?

Ahmed Abdulkareem SANA`A, YEMEN — When the well ran dry, Abu Yahya al-Hamdani, who provides water to many residents of the Saruf neighborhood in northeastern Sana`a, had no warning. Last week, the water table dipped lower in his water well and the pump began to suck air. For the families in the neighborhood, to whom…

A Manufactured Crisis: How Saudi Arabia Uses Oil to Bring Yemen to its Knees

Ahmed Abdulkareem HODEIDA, YEMEN — Yemen’s oil is in thrall to a complex, intertwined network of elites that control the smuggling of fuel imports and new, thriving black markets. Starving Yemen of petroleum products has always been a conspicuous feature of Saudi Arabia’s nearly six-year-long war on the country, however, the most recent blockade is…

Rising Threat of Disintegration of Yemen and the Role of the Islah Party

Abdul Rahman On May 22, the 30th anniversary of the unity between North and South Yemen was celebrated by some groups. The Abdrabbuh Masur Hadi-led faction of the General People’s Congress (GPC) and Islah were leading them. However, the celebration of the Unity Day by these political groups was ironic considering that major parts of…

From Cluster Bombs to Toxic Waste: Saudi Arabia is Creating the Next Fallujah in Yemen

Ahmed Abdulkareem AL-JAWF, YEMEN — As the world’s focus turns to the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic, Yemenis are reeling from their own brewing tragedy, contending with the thousands of cluster bombs, landmines and other exploded munitions that now litter their homeland. Just yesterday, a young child was killed and another was injured in the al-Ghail district of al-Jawf…

Sudan Withdraws 10,000 Troops from Yemen

Peoples Dispatch Prime minister Abdallah Hamdok announced the withdrawal of the Sudanese soldiers on December 8. The prime minister of the transitional government of Sudan, Abdallah Hamdok, announced on December 8, Sunday, that the country has withdrawn two-thirds of its forces from Yemen. According to him, 10,000 of the 15,000 Sudanese soldiers deployed in Yemen…

Is the Tide Turning in Yemen?

Peoples Dispatch Houthi forces have claimed that an operation named “Victory from Allah”, started by them in late August, has been successful in capturing Saudi Arabian territory and prisoners of war in the Najran province, bordering Yemen. The claims by Houthis fighters of seizing territory in Saudi Arabia, if true, could mark a key moment…

Despite Denials, Documents Reveal US Training UAE Forces for Combat in Yemen

Nick Turse When the Pentagon announced last November that it was ceasing aerial refueling of Saudi-led coalition aircraft operating in Yemen, the move appeared to be a major step back from U.S. support for the war there. But newly obtained documents reveal that the United States has also been training coalition military personnel from the…