The US-Saudi coalition’s impact on Yemen’s health – a series on Yemen, part 2

Shireen Al-Adeim
Content Type
Journal Article
Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
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The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
This is the second of a three-part series of essays on Yemen highlighting the magnitude and impact of the civil war on Yemenis. Starting in March 2015, Saudi Arabia led a coalition of several Arab countries in bombing Yemen, its neighbor to the south. The coalition’s indiscriminate bombing has targeted countless homes, schools, markets, and even hospitals. Yemenis have become accustomed to double-tap and triple-tap strikes that target rescuers after an attack. One notable case was a double-tap strike that killed at least 140 mourners at a large funeral home in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital. The number of deaths resulting from US/Saudi airstrikes and fighting between Saudi-allied and Saleh/Houthi-allied forces has been conservatively estimated at 10,000 deaths and 40,000 injuries. The hidden costs of war, however, are much greater.
Health, Poverty, War, International Affairs
Political Geography
Middle East, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, North America, United States of America, Gulf Nations