In Yemen, a deadly concoction of arms sales, conflict and Covid-19 – The Interpreter

This short read highlights various contradictions in UN Security Council decision-making on Yemen where the spread of Covid-19 continues unimpeded as does the sale of arms to the Saudi-led coalition that is responsible for much of the destruction of vital infrastructure including hospitals. In April, the Security Council called for a ceasefire in Yemen to facilitate a pandemic response while ignoring its own role and that of Member States such as the US, UK, France, Canada and Germany in facilitating arms sales to the very belligerents involved in bombing health care facilities.

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Photo credits: Yemeni Houthi loyalists at a tribal gathering in Sana’a, 20 February 2020 (©Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) – Photo used by The Interpreter.