The American-Saudi coalition’s war in Yemen has already been called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis this year by the UN. A recent bombing shows just how tragic the situation in Yemen has become, and how complicit the U.S. is in what’s happening.
Last Thursday, an airstrike hit a school bus in Yemen, killing 29 children in summer camp under the age of 14. 40 others were injured in the attack, 30 of whom were children. UN Secretary General António Guterres has called for an investigation into the attack, and urged an immediate end to the conflict that has raged on for several years.
While the Saudis have been leading the attacks on Yemen dating back to March of 2015, when Iran-backed rebels drove out the American and Saudi-backed regime, America’s role in the ongoing crisis became more apparent after Yemeni journalists discovered a bomb fragment from the school bus attack. Journalist Ben Norton tweeted a photo of the MK-82 bomb, which had a code showing it was made by Lockheed Martin in Archibald, Pennsylvania.
Yemeni journalists found this fragment of the bomb Saudi Arabia dropped on a school bus full of children in Yemen https://t.co/ooLcwBpMwZ
It's a US-made MK-82 guided bomb, which has been used in previous attacks on Yemeni civilians
The cage code on the bomb is Lockheed Martin's pic.twitter.com/Wu6OSZeKJ2
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) August 11, 2018
In 2017, President Trump approved a massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia, in which the U.S. would sell roughly $350 billion in weapons to the Saudis over a ten-year period, with Saudi Arabia immediately purchasing $110 billion worth of arms. According to CNBC, Lockheed Martin’s products were part of the arms package. And in March of this year, the U.S. approved another $1 billion of arms to the Saudi royal family. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis explicitly endorsed Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen at the time.
“We believe that Saudi Arabia is part of the solution,” Sec. Mattis said. “They have stood by the United Nations-recognized government, and we are going to end this war. That is the bottom line. And we are going to end it on positive terms for the people of Yemen but also security for the nations in the peninsula.”
Already, more than 10,000 Yemeni civilians have been killed with more than 40,000 others injured, according to CNN. Millions of Yemenis also lack access to clean water.
Logan Espinoza is a freelance contributor specializing in economic issues. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and daughter. Contact him at logan DOT espinoza AT yahoo DOT com.