The International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS) in Canada condemns in the strongest terms possible the crimes of the US-Saudi coalition on-going military attacks on Yemen. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lead a coalition of nine African and Middle Eastern countries engaged in an unsanctioned and illegal war in Yemen. Fighter jets and ground forces from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar Bahrain and U.S. mercenaries from Academi (formerly Blackwater) take part in the wanton bombing and aggression. The US, Britain, and France provide technical and logistical support to the so-called coalition.
At least 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the coalition started its bombing campaign in 2015. In the last month, war crimes have been documented, including the indiscriminate bombing of civilians by Saudi forces. In late August, at least 30 civilians were killed in an air raid near Hodeidah, at least 20 of them children. This came just two weeks after the coalition bombed a school bus killing 40 children. One source estimates that an average of 140 children have been killed everyday since Saudi Arabia and the UAE began a bombing campaign against the rebel Houthi government.
These attacks are acts of war and a clear violation of international law. Yemen has not attacked Saudi Arabia, the United States, Britain or France, and there is no U.N. Security Council authorization for a strike on Yemen.
Military intervention was launched by Saudi Arabia in 2015, in order to preserve the reign of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had taken power from Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011. Hadi himself was forced out by a popular uprising sparked by cuts to fuel subsidies and ongoing dissatisfaction with the outcome of 2011. Hadi, now in exile in Riyadh, has been replaced by a revolutionary committee, which assumed the powers of the Presidency.
These attacks are part of a pattern by the US and its regional surrogates that have sponsored wars in Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen.
In lock step with the US, Canada has exported arms to Saudi Arabia to support the Saudi war machine. Despite knowledge of Saudi atrocities the Canadian Government has clearly illustrated its own complicity in Yemen with its ongoing $15 billion arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Described as the sale of trucks and jeeps by successive prime ministers (Harper and Trudeau) the deal includes a substantial number of heavy assault armored vehicles. These arms sales are a direct contribution to the Saudi war effort in Yemen and bolster its position as a critical security partner of US imperialism in the Middle East.
The US continues to pursue its policy of destabilization in the Middle East. It fears the emergence of sovereign nations that chart an independent foreign policy and to prevent their emergence US Imperialism leaves in its wake a litany of failed states such as Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and now Yemen.
The intensifying propaganda against the rebel Houthi government is part of the effort to install a pro-US regime and open Yemen’s economy to unbridled international exploitation and plunder.
The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) expresses its solidarity and support with the peoples of Yemen and their struggle for national self-determination. The ILPS condemns the ongoing and rapacious attempts to promote regime change in order to destabilize Yemen and create another failed state.
Oppose U.S. Imperialism and Saudi Aggression!
Oppose Canada’s shameful puppet policies on Yemen!
Oppose Canada’s Arms sales to Saudi-Arabia.
Defend the Sovereignty of Yemen!
Stop the Bombing, Stop the Slaughter!