• April 8, 2022

As the world focuses on Russian aggression in Ukraine a forgotten war goes on in Yemen. This time the Saudi and their allies supported by the US and UK dominate the skies. This statement from Irish political party, Éirigi, reminds us of the suffering:

“The Irish left Republican Socialist party, Éirigi, has issued a statement calling for an end to the war in Yemen. It begins:

“ On March 29 a Saudi Arabian-led coalition announced that it would temporarily cease military operations in Yemen following an appeal from the United Nations. It is now more than seven years since the coalition, made up of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, UAE, Qatar, Sudan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Senegal, began its assault against the Iranian-backed Houthi movement in Yemen.

On the eve of that assault, the then US President Barak Obama remarked, “The United States coordinates closely with Saudi Arabia and our GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) partners on issues related to their security and our shared interests.”

He went on to promise U.S. support for the assault on Yemen. In the intervening seven years the US has been good to its word, providing weapons, intelligence and logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition.

A dead child every nine minutes. The United Nations estimates that 377,000 people have died as a result of the war to the end of 2021, with 60% dying due to the indirect causes such as a lack of access to water, food and healthcare.

“The full statement can be seen at:


The Celtic League opposes the air war against Yemen and the support and training provided from RAF bases in Wales and Mann to train Royal Saudi Air Force air and ground crew, The matter was the subject of a condemnatory resolutions at the Celtic League 2019 AGM held in Brittany.

Bernard Moffatt

AGS Celtic League (7th April 2022)

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