Mar 13 2019
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after voting to end U.S. support of the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen civil war:
“Today’s vote sends a clear signal that the United States should end its support for the disastrous war in Yemen. The only way to end this conflict is through diplomacy, not American military assistance.
“The Saudi-led coalition has deliberately targeted schools, hospitals and power plants and blockaded Yemen’s Red Sea ports, creating a humanitarian disaster.
“We know that at least 155,000 people have died as a result of this war –70,000 in direct attacks and 85,000 children through starvation. Ten million more Yemenis are on the brink of starvation, and clean water shortages have led to 1.3 million cases of cholera. This crisis must end.
“Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen can’t be taken in isolation.
- The oppression of Saudi women activists has drastically increased, reportedly including torture such as beatings and electric shocks.
- U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Saudi Arabia’s own consulate in Turkey and the whereabouts of his body remains unknown.
- Dr. Walid Fitaihi, a U.S. citizen, has been detained since November 2017 with no charges and reportedly tortured.
“It’s time for Saudi Arabia to reconsider how it wants to participate on the world stage. The United States simply can’t be complicit in its stark human rights violations.”