The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Yemen:
No Ceasefire

Jan 6, 2020

Translated from Lutte Ouvrière (Workers’ Struggle), the newspaper of the revolutionary workers’ group active in France.

The people of Yemen continue to live through endless war. A bombing of a military parade in Daleh on December 29 killed several people and injured dozens more.

The representative of the southern separatist Security Belt Forces blamed the Houthi forces which are supported by Iran. A few days earlier, 17 people were killed and others injured during an air attack on the Raqw market in the northern Houthi stronghold of Saada. The government of Saudi Arabia acknowledged that operation, which follows two others. A total of 89 people were killed at that market in two months.

The Saudi-led military coalition continues to impose war on Yemen and its 28 million people, with the support of the U.S. and France. The Saudi blockade in the north caused hyperinflation and near-famine. The Saudi ally, the United Arab Emirates, partially withdrew its troops but actively supports the southern separatists.

The people of Yemen have been the target of bombings and shootings since 2015, and the number of victims keeps rising. NGOs count tens of thousands dead, more than three million people displaced, and millions more in urgent need of assistance.

Recently, Lockheed Martin sold Saudi Arabia four frigates for a billion dollars. Saudi Arabia sent warships bought from France, staffed with French technicians. Between June 2018 and June 2019, Saudi Arabia bought almost two billion dollars worth of French military equipment.

The American and French governments are using weapons of mass destruction on the Yemeni people, via regional dictators.