#YemenCantWait Statement on the Ceasefire in Yemen

MAWO Vancouver
3 min readApr 15, 2022

Issued jointly by
Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO)

On Tuesday, March 29th, 2022, Lebanese media outlet al-Mayadeen reported that the Saudi coalition announced the cessation of military operations in Yemen beginning 6am the following Wednesday. Chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat followed by announcing the suspension of retaliatory military actions against Saudi Arabia for a period of three days leading to the holy month of Ramadan. A two-month truce between the two countries began on Saturday, April 2nd, the first day of Ramadan. United Nations Envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, announced that the truce would cease all offensive military operations on Yemen by land, air, and sea. The initiative also stipulated lifting the blockade on Yemen. An official statement released by the supreme political council iterated that their condition for a ceasefire is an end to the blockade on the country that prevents food, fuel, and humanitarian aid from entering the country.

In March of 2021, Joe Biden announced that the United States would end its support for the Saudi coalition’s offensive operations in Yemen. On January 21st, 2022 , the United Arab Emirates launched a military attack on Yemen’s civilian infrastructure. In the rubble of a destroyed detention center, a missile fragment bearing the manufacturing cage code for Raytheon Technologies was discovered. Raytheon Technologies is an American weapons manufacturing company with its headquarters located in Waltham, Massachusetts. According to Raytheon’s website, the company has been a partner in Saudi Arabia’s “protection and development” for over 50 years. In 2017, the company established Raytheon Arabia, a Saudi legal entity wholly-owned by Raytheon.

This latest step towards peace and sovereignty for Yemen was forged by its people’s seven years of resistance against the Saudi coalition amidst famine, blockade, and the pandemic. We demand that the Biden administration honor its promise of ending its support for the war on Yemen. This can be achieved through forcibly stopping American weapons manufacturing companies from continuing to arm the siege.

The government of Canada is also complicit in providing weapons and arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Since the beginning of the US-Saudi coalition war on Yemen in 2015, Canada has sold over $8 billion of weapons to Saudi Arabia. We strongly demand that the Trudeau Liberal government stops all arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality and Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO) salutes the Yemeni people for their resilience. We ask our supporters to participate in social media campaigns #YemenCantWait to increase public awareness and pressure on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States to end the siege on Yemen and lift the blockade of the nation. While the calls for the ceasefire are important, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the United States must be adamant that they will not violate the ceasefire and ensure the blockade is lifted.

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