August 13, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Emma Fiala
PRESS RELEASE: WMOP Responds to Yemen Bus Bombing
The Women's March on the Pentagon condemns the killing of Yemeni children on August 9th by U.S.-backed Saudi coalition airstrikes in Dhahian city.
August 13, 2018 -- The Women’s March on the Pentagon (WMOP) condemns Thursday’s attack on a school bus full of children in Dhahian city, twenty kilometers north of Sadaa, in northern Yemen. The attack, resulting in the deaths of 51 people, including 40 children, was perpetrated by the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition. While the U.S. has responded to the attack, the Trump administration has yet to condemn it.
The United Nations is calling for “a credible and transparent investigation,” while the U.S. plans to defer to the Saudi-led investigation of its own crime. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has already declared that the attack was a “legitimate military operation carried out in accordance with humanitarian law.”
Evidence presented on Monday by Yemeni journalists, links the bomb used in Thursday’s deadly attack to U.S. weapons manufacturers Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics. The U.S. has also provided intelligence support to the deadly Saudi-led coalition, including “intelligence to fine-tune their [the coalition’s] list of airstrike targets.”
With ongoing support from the United States, Saudi Arabia has engaged in active genocide of the Yemeni people, spending more than three years assaulting and destroying Yemen while creating the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet.
The Obama Administration contributed more weapons, military equipment and training to Saudi Arabia than any previous administration in the history of the U.S.-Saudi alliance, topping out at more than $115 billion. The Trump Administration is expected to top that after a May 2017 deal resulting in $110 billion in immediate support with an additional $350 billion expected over the next ten years. The U.S. war machine is clearly bipartisan.
The Women’s March on the Pentagon calls for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Yemen and the halt of any and all arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“WMOP condemns the brutal Saudi regime's genocidal war of aggression against the people of Yemen...we also condemn the USA's support of Saudi Arabia in this genocidal war of aggression and WHY WE MARCH!” Cindy Sheehan, activist and creator of Women’s March on the Pentagon, said of the attacks.
Whitney Webb, journalist and WMOP endorser, had this to say, “The U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition has repeatedly shown that it will stop at nothing to impose its will on the Yemeni people as they continue to wage total war against Yemen's civilians, including the recent massacre of a bus full of schoolchildren. Were the U.S. government to withdraw its support, the Saudi coalition would have to terminate its genocidal war, saving the lives of millions of innocent Yemenis facing a grisly death from coalition airstrikes, cholera and famine. If the American people were able to manifest a major anti-war movement, we could finally force the government to place innocent human lives above weapon manufacturer profits. If we don't act, the consequences will be unthinkable."
The Women’s March on the Pentagon calls for an immediate end to all U.S. wars of aggression. On October 21st, 2018, we will make our voices heard on the steps of the Pentagon, in solidarity with the people of Yemen and every person affected by the evils of the bipartisan U.S. war machine across the globe.
For more information visit MarchOnPentagon.com.