Activists call on senators to end US-Saudi war in Yemen, which unleashed world’s largest catastrophe

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BEN NORTON: Protesters gathered outside the New York City office of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday, January 26, calling on Congress to take action to end the joint US-Saudi war on Yemen.

Yemeni activists demanded that the United States stop backing the Saudi military and instead push for international peace negotiations.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has waged a catastrophic war in Yemen, with weapons, fuel, intelligence, and military assistance from the United States. The US-backed Saudi coalition has relentlessly bombed civilian areas and besieged millions of innocent people in Yemen, in an attempt to defeat the powerful rebel movement Ansurallah, known popularly as the Houthis.

This war has created the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, leading to the deaths of countless Yemenis, including more than 100,000 children who have died from preventable causes.

Protesters also linked the war in Yemen to a variety of other issues, including the invasion of Iraq and US support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians.

Reporting for The Real News Network, I’m Ben Norton.