- Created: Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:29
- Written by Toby Harbertson
‘Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation...and they’re going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully, in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world.’
President Trump during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s visit to the White House in March 2018
On 9 August, a bus carrying school children on a field trip in northern Yemen was hit by a US-made missile, killing 40 children and 11 adults, injuring 79 more. This airstrike was launched by the Saudi-led coalition making war on Yemen and was one of more than 50 which have hit civilian vehicles this year. The war in Yemen was declared the world’s worst humanitarian disaster by the UN in March 2017, but every month the statistics get more shocking. A UN report released in August declares that 22.2 million people in Yemen, out of a population of 29.3 million, were in need of humanitarian assistance. 11.3 million of these were judged as in acute need. US and British imperialism continue to back the war, selling huge quantities of weapons to Saudi Arabia and other antagonists, and sending military advisers to direct their use. Despite this worsening crisis, the war on Yemen has been labelled ‘the forgotten war’, with imperialist-sponsored slaughter always being overshadowed in the media by other more ‘newsworthy’ events.