Protest Against Saudi US-Backed War on Yemen at UN in NYC

Scores of activists from the Yemeni-American community and those standing in solidarity gathered outside the United Nations in NYC on 1 October to protest the Saudi US-backed war on Yemen. The rally coincided with the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

I took pictures of the demonstration:

Protest Against Saudi US-Backed War on Yemen at UN in NYC

At the time of the protest, approximately 5,000 Yemenis had been killed, over half civilians, in more than six months of fighting—an average of 30 every day. The Saudi-led, US-backed coalition is responsible for roughly two-thirds of the civilian deaths and civilian property and infrastructure destruction, according to UN figures.

Human rights organizations have accused the coalition of war crimes. 21 million Yemenis, 80% of the population, are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, not just because of the US-backed war, but also because of the Saudi blockade on Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.

Days before the protest, Saudi airstrikes killed 131 civilians, including 80 women, at a wedding in Yemen.