Marking Fifth Anniversary of Yemen Conflict, Dingell and Tlaib Reiterate Calls to Address Humanitarian Situation, Ongoing Military Conflict in the War in Yemen
Washington, March 30, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – To mark the fifth anniversary of the Yemen war, Congresswomen Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) issued a joint statement calling for renewed action to address the humanitarian situation in Yemen and to end the military conflict that has cost thousands of lives:
“During an unprecedented global health crisis, the war in Yemen continues to cause a catastrophic humanitarian crisis to Yemenis, leading to mass hunger, a breakdown in governance in the region and fueling the rise of extremist groups like Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Additionally, the United States’ involvement in the Yemen conflict has never been authorized by Congress. U.S. involvement in the war has exacerbated the regional crisis and does not serve the interests of the United States, our regional partners, or the Yemeni people.
“Given the alarming humanitarian situation in Yemen, which the coronavirus outbreak threatens to further exacerbate, we must immediately provide life-saving humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people, and call for all parties involved to listen to the United Nations Secretary General and cease hostilities at once to combat the virus.”
Dingell and Tlaib have supported multiple bipartisan efforts to end the U.S.’s military actions in the region and have been outspoken advocates for the Yemeni people. Dingell has been spearheading efforts to extend and redesignate Temporary Protected Status for Yemen since January 2020.