Saudi Coalition Massacre Kills 21 at a Market in Yemen

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The Saudi coalition bombed a vegetable market near Hodeidah earlier today and killed at least 21 people:

Attacks on food markets like this one are part of the coalition’s systematic campaign to target and destroy Yemen’s food production and distribution. The coalition has made a regular practice of targeting farms, fishing boats, and marketplaces as part of an effort to deprive an already malnourished population of food. There is no possible justification for targeting civilians as they were trying to obtain food from a local market. The slaughter of almost two dozen people is a reminder that Saudi coalition forces continue to hit civilian targets with great frequency, and civilians in and around Hodeidah are at great risk of being killed and wounded while the coalition’s attack on the port and its surroundings continues.

This latest massacre of civilians by coalition forces has been followed by news that the Hodeidah offensive is soon going to escalate:

The Saudi-led coalition has sent reinforcements to Yemen’s west coast ahead of a fresh assault on the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, Yemeni officials said Wednesday.

The city is a lifeline for international aid deliveries, and the battle to wrest it from the rebels has, like the rest of Yemen’s war, fallen into a stalemate.

Unless the U.S. cuts off support to the coalition and halts this offensive, there will be many more attacks on civilians like the airstrike on this vegetable market. Civilian casualties keep rising, and U.S. military assistance is just helping the coalition to blow up civilian targets. Congress needs to vote for H.Con.Res. 138 and S.J.Res. 54 to put a stop to this once and for all.

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at The American Conservative, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and is a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas. Follow him on Twitter. This article is reprinted from The American Conservative with permission.

11 thoughts on “Saudi Coalition Massacre Kills 21 at a Market in Yemen”

    1. I understand this view, and agree. The murder of a prominent political figure is “assassination”, and it is interesting that the MSM doesn’t refer to the event as such.

  1. It doesn’t matter who is in the White House when it comes to USA support for genocide! The USA demonstrated long ago and again and again that its “leaders” value money far more than human life. Shame on this government and previous governments for taking a course that runs diametrically opposed to the most cherished of American values. How can the USA be spreading “freedom and democracy” when it ALWAYS seems to support ruthless dictators who give American and international corporations favor over the welfare of their own people! All that “support” for American military and trrops is really blind support for the most dastardly war crimes imaguinbakle!

  2. How anyone can keep supporting the US/UK brutality which even the MSM are forced to show is frightening.

  3. First, I’m shocked Yemen still had a vegetable market left with all the bombings they’ve endoured. Second, they’ll probably increase the genocide even more to kill the Kashoggi story. Notice, everything ends up in killing with the Saudis. story, Yemenis and Kashoggi.

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