The month of March marks two years since Saudi Arabia launched a military assault in neighboring Yemen.
While there’s more than one factor that initiated the conflict, the most commonly cited is Riyadh’s unsubstantiated fear of growing Iranian influence among minority Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.
For two years, Saudi Arabia, along with a coalition of its Gulf Arab allies, has been indiscriminately bombing Yemeni people.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the war has caused 50,237 casualties, including children — of the causalities, 7,684 are dead and 42,553 injured. Meanwhile, 18.8 million are in need of direct humanitarian assistance, more than half of them children. All in all, more than 7.3 million people are in need of urgent food assistance.
More than 2 million children are suffering from malnutrition across Yemen and 4 million people are in need of shelter and supplies other than food.
It’s not just Saudi Arabia and coalition states, though, who are responsible for the atrocities.
The oil-rich Gulf kingdom, currently the world’s top arms importer, has used American and British weapons to kill thousands of people.
The war has entered its third year and, despite several attempts to establish a ceasefire, the conflict doesn’t show any signs of abating.
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