In a report by the United Nations, the US, UK, and France may have aided groups in Yemen which have committed war crimes. A war in Yemen has been raging for the past four years after an unstable government transition lead to militant uprisings. Saudi Arabia backed the Houthi militants and France, UK and US backed the official government lead by Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Other militant groups in the region have contributed to the conflict, such as Al-Qaeda. According to the UN, over 7 thousand civilians have been killed due to conflict and at least 11 thousand injured. Other human rights groups put the death toll at much higher numbers.
The Yemen conflict is considered the worst human-made humanitarian crisis in history. Food insecurity is common in Yemen, with around 3 million people who are malnourished, 2 million of them children. Healthcare is often inadequate and many do not have access to clean water or sanitation.
Western powers have provided weapons and other aid to groups fighting in Yemen which have contributed to the horrific human rights abuses. Some incidents include bombing civilian infrastructure, indiscriminate fighting tactics, murders, torture, sexual abuse, and preventing the end of the crisis. Saudi Arabia and the Houthis have also received extreme criticism over their role in the Yemen crisis. Experts call for the US, UK and France to cease all roles in the Yemen crisis.
By Amira Pierotti