Exactly one year ago today, on March 26, 2015, a Saudi-led coalition armed and backed by the US and UK began bombing Yemen.
In the past 365 days, more than 6,000 Yemenis have been killed, half of whom were civilians. For months, more than 80 percent of the population has needed humanitarian aid, and at least 2.5 million Yemenis — 10 percent of the country — have been displaced.
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) March 23, 2016
Saudi forces — with the help of many billions of dollars worth of American, British, and French weapons and military equipment, along with the guidance of American and British military officials, who are physically in the room with Saudi bombers and have access to a list of all targets — have ruthlessly bombed civilian areas, including hospitals, homes, schools, weddings, refugee camps, and even an Oxfam humanitarian aid warehouse.
The UN has, on numerous occasions over a period of months, said the Saudi coalition is responsible for approximately two-thirds of civilian casualties.
Despite the enormity of the violent imperial powers they are facing, the Yemeni people have bravely resisted. On the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the airstrikes, tens of thousands flooded the streets of the capital Sanaa for massive protests against the Western-backed coalition’s war crimes.
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) March 27, 2016
Ultimately, the biggest winner of the war has not even been Saudi Arabia, but rather extremist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, who have exploited the chaos in order to grow and seize more territory as the Western-backed coalition continues to bomb the poorest country in the Middle East into oblivion.
There has been little press coverage of the destructive war, and even less discussion in the US political system of the countless atrocities.
The following is a kind of piecemeal and incomplete chronological documentation of the war crimes and destruction as they have slowly and painfully developed, based on stories I have written in the past year:
- (April 13) US-backed Saudi bombing kills 38 Yemeni civilians a day, creating humanitarian disaster & feeding extremism
- (July 13) 3,000 killed in Yemen in first 100 days of Saudi-led bombing, half civilians
- (July 29) Americans care more about dead lions than dead humans
- (Aug. 24) 4,500 killed in Yemen in 150 days of Saudi-led bombing; al-Qaeda is growing
- (Aug. 31) ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ in Yemen: Interview on South African Radio
- (Sep. 4) Rights groups: 80% of Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid due to US-backed war
- (Sep. 9) A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII
- (Sep. 30) Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen wedding with US weapons, killing 131 civilians
- (Oct. 1) Protest against Saudi US-backed war on Yemen at UN in NYC
- (Oct. 9) We must pay attention to Yemen: Weddings bombed, civilians killed — with U.S. help
- (Oct. 12) Media double standards on US bombings – Al Jazeera interview
- (Oct. 28) U.S.-backed Saudi coalition bombs Doctors Without Borders hospital weeks after U.S. destroyed Afghan hospital
- (Oct. 30) “Saudi authorities are denying the evident truth”: Doctors Without Borders says it’s “beyond doubt” that U.S.-backed coalition bombed hospital
- (Nov. 14) Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves
- (Nov. 23) Brutally bombing Yemen is helping “accomplish significant progress,” according to Secretary Kerry
- (Dec. 3) Second medical facility bombed by U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen in just over a month
- (Dec. 30) Nothing to be proud of: The real American exceptionalism is selling the most weapons in the world — by far
- (Jan. 4) A year of war: 10 destructive armed conflicts the U.S. fueled in 2015, explained
- (Jan. 6) Media quiet as Saudi-led coalition bombs center for the blind in Yemen — along with wedding halls and hospitals
- (Jan. 7) He cries for Americans alone: Our wars and violence destroy families — those kids deserve Obama’s tears too
- (Jan. 7) “Outrageous war crime”: Saudi coalition drops banned, U.S.-made cluster bombs on homes in Yemen capital
- (Jan. 8) Why are American pro-Palestinian voices silent about the brutal war on Yemen?
- (Jan. 11) Bloodshed in Yemen continues: 3rd Doctors Without Borders hospital bombed in Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war
- (Jan. 18) Sieges by Western enemies get big headlines, while larger U.S.-backed blockades are ignored
- (Jan. 22) Don’t shoot the rescuer: U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition likely targeting medical workers with “triple tap” strikes in Yemen
- (Jan. 29) “A forgotten crisis”: Mass starvation in Yemen as U.S.-backed Saudi war & blockade push millions to brink of famine
- (Feb. 10) Obama “on verge of” launching another bombing campaign in Libya, after dropping 23,144 bombs on six countries in 2015
- (March 10) Inside the first-ever summit calling for an end to the “suicidal death pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia”
- (March 14) U.S.-backed Saudi coalition responsible for two-thirds of civilian casualties in Yemen — U.N. again confirms
- (March 15) “Tyranny will fall”: Son of executed Saudi dissident al-Nimr shares his incredible story
- (March 17) “Look like war crimes to me”: Congressman raises concerns over U.S. support for Saudi war in Yemen
- (March 23) The obscene moral hypocrisy on Brussels: Why are terror attacks against civilians in the Middle East ignored?
- (March 23) Over half of Yemenis — 14 million people and growing — face hunger amid brutal U.S.-backed Saudi war and blockade