Hands Off Yemen
Two activists in Whitehall opposite 10 Downing Street with "Hands off Yemen" placards
British aircraft flown by Saudi pilots, but serviced by British technicians and armed with British bombs have been targetting Yemeni civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and now the main port at Hodeidah, through which 70% of Yemeni aid flows. According to the latest UN figures, 22 million Yemenis are dependent on humanitarian assistance and some 8.4 million in imminent danger of famine.
The United Nations attempted a week earlier to pass a resolution calling for an immediate halt to the UK/US backed Emirati/Saudi assault on Hodeidah, but although it was overwhelmingly supported by the majority of the world's nations in the General Assembly, Britain and the United States insisted on holding a closed session of the Security Council and threatened to use their veto in order to protect their murderous allies - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The same week an Associated Press report presented shocking evidence that the United Arab Emirates is now running illegal detention facilities within Yemen where prisoners are beaten, tortured and sexually abused.
American military personnel have also be seen close to the bases and the concern is that Washington is now encouraging the Emirates to resort to illegal forced disappearances and torture in order to win the war through terror, where conventional means have failed.