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Nigel Timmins - Oxfam Intermón
In Yemen, governments who are providing generous funding are also making money from supplying weapons, munitions, military equipment, technology. They are providing logistical and financial support for the military action taking place. Diplomatic pressure on the warring parties inside and outside the country has to be made so that we can find solutions, because surely that is a priority over arms sales?feedback
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Jun 22 2017
Multiple people spoke about Yemen in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Stephen O'Brien is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “This is because of conflict, it's man-made, it's very severe, the numbers are absolutely staggering, it's getting worse, and the cholera element in addition to the lack of food, the lack of medical supplies, primarily one has to put that at the door of all the parties to the conflict. Be that the parties on the ground or their proxies, they all have to recognise that there is a shared responsibility for causing a man-made humanitarian catastrophe, which is where we are in Yemen at the moment.”.
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Robert Mardini

This is all the more alarming as new offensives (against Islamic State militants) get under way in cities like Raqqa in Syria or intensify in Mosul, Iraq.feedback

Robert Mardini

We see also that many other conflicts are taking place in urban areas in other places such as Somalia and Afghanistan and other countries.feedback

Robert Mardini

The impacts of warfare are quickly multiplied with exponential consequences. If a power line is hit, (there is) no water, no electricity, no waste water treatment. There are contamination outbreaks and massive challenges to run hospitals.feedback

Geert Cappelaere - UNICEF

Every day we have at least five to ten thousand newly reported cases throughout the country. That's unprecedented and requires an unprecedented, massive response from the authorities here. But also from the international community.feedback

Larry L. Lewis

This training package sets an important precedent to focus on preventing civilian casualties. But the follow-through is critical. Those things are necessary but not sufficient to help them solve their problems.feedback

Chuck Schumer

Furthermore, the administration has not sufficiently ensured the Congress that these weapons won't fall into the wrong hands.feedback

Mark W. Warner

I am aware of the concerns with Saudi Arabia's engagement in Yemen, including in operations that have led to civilian casualties.feedback

Scott Paul

The steps that Saudi Arabia has reportedly agreed to take are irrelevant because they will not keep seven million people in Yemen from tipping into famine or stem the tide of cholera.feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

Today's vote total would've been unthinkable not long ago, but Congress is finally taking notice that Saudi Arabia is using U.S. munitions to deliberately hit civilian targets inside Yemen.feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

The Saudis will tell you they need these precision-guided missiles to more effectively target Houthi military assets inside Yemen. The fact is, they have deliberately targeted humanitarian and civilian assets within Yemen.feedback

Lindsey Graham

If you don't think containing Iran and keeping them from toppling Yemen, Iraq, Syria, [and] Lebanon is not in our national interest, you're making a huge mistake.feedback

Bob Corker

I'm afraid this vote is somewhat about some members wanting to get a piece of President Trump's hide.feedback

Andrea Prasow - Human Rights Watch

Nearly half of the U.S. Senate sent an overwhelmingly clear message to Riyadh that if it wants to return to a time of unequivocal U.S. support, it needs to stop killing civilians in Yemen. The Trump administration should take notice and use this statement as an opportunity to press the Saudis to change their behavior in Yemen – to focus on protecting civilians, and to be transparent about its conduct in this devastating war.feedback

Rand Paul

Today I stand up for the thousands of civilians who are being killed in Yemen. Today I stand up for the millions of voiceless children in Yemen who will be killed by the Saudi blockade. Today I stand up for saying we, the United States, should no longer be fueling the arms race in the Middle East. It's come to no good.feedback

Junaid Ahmad

The Qatar-Saudi feud seems to have come out of thin air. But the reality is that this has been going on for quite a while. All this hyperbolic language we have seen in the last week from Saudi and its allies – how Qatar supports the Houthis in Yemen or the Shia opposition in Bahrain - is about Qatar being neutral. And neutral cannot be tolerated, especially where it comes to Iran.feedback

Sajjad Mohamed Sajid - Oxfam Intermón

Two years of war have plunged the country into one of the world's worst humanitarian crises and put Yemen at risk of famine. Now it is at the mercy of a deadly and rapidly spreading cholera epidemic.feedback

Sajjad Mohammed Sajid - Oxfam Intermón

Yemen is on the edge of an abyss. Lives hang in the balance. Cholera is simple to treat and prevent but while the fighting continues the task is made doubly difficult. A massive aid effort is needed now.feedback

Meritxell Relano - UNICEF

The cholera outbreak is making a bad situation for children drastically worse. Many of the children who have died from the disease were also acutely malnourished. Today, life for children in Yemen is a desperate struggle for survival, with cholera, malnutrition and the relentless violence constantly sounding a death knell at their doorsteps.feedback

Tarik Jasarevic - World Health Organization

To date, 101,820 suspected cholera cases and 789 deaths have been reported in 19 governorates.feedback

Sajjad Mohammed Sajid - Oxfam Intermón

Yemen is on the edge of an abyss. Lives hang in the balance. Two years of war have plunged the country into one of the world's worst humanitarian crises and put Yemen at risk of famine. Now it is at the mercy of a deadly and rapidly spreading cholera epidemic. Cholera is simple to treat and prevent but while the fighting continues the task is made doubly difficult. A massive aid effort is needed now. The backers of this war in Western and Middle Eastern capitals need to put pressure on parties to the fighting to agree a ceasefire to allow public health and aid workers to get on with the task.feedback

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

It's in U.S. interests to try and compel Tehran and Riyadh to address their differences and cooperate against ISIS. Acrimony and distrust between Iran and Saudi Arabia only causes more civilian casualties in Syria and Yemen, more refugees pouring into Europe, and more Sunni and Shia radicalism. In lieu of a grand strategy, our Iran policy must be sophisticated and nimble enough to cooperate when possible, counter when necessary, and contain intelligently, until the Islamic republic's internal contradictions force a course correction.feedback

Geert Cappelaere - UNICEF

It is sad today, but we hope the cholera outbreak will the turning point in turning people's attention to Yemen. Cholera is not going to be stopped by any border. Yemen is one of the worst places in the world to be a child.feedback

Geert Cappelaere - UNICEF

We are responding to a major crisis without having the basics. The reality is incredibly dire. Cholera doesn't need a permit to cross a checkpoint or a border, nor does it differentiate between areas of political control.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

If there was no conflict in Yemen, there would be no descent into famine, misery, disease and death – a famine would certainly be avoidable and averted.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

The crisis is not coming. It is not even looming. It is here today on our watch and ordinary people are paying the price. What is worse is the threat of famine is driven and exacerbated by conflict. Yemen is not facing a drought. If there was no conflict in Yemen there would be no descent into famine, misery, disease and death.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

If there was no conflict in Yemen, there would be no descent into famine, misery, disease and death – a famine would certainly be avoidable and averted. The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches. Families are increasingly marrying off their young daughters to have someone else care for them, and often use the dowry to pay for basic necessities.feedback

Omar Saleh

The epidemic is very serious and spreading in an unprecedented manner.feedback

Rand Paul

Given Saudi Arabia's past support of terror, poor human rights record, and questionable tactics in its war in Yemen, Congress must carefully consider and thoroughly debate if selling them billions of dollars of arms is in our best national security interest at this time.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

This is a clear-cut decline into massive famine that is man-made and avoidable.feedback

Jeff Sorenson - US Army

There was a lot of reluctance on behalf of the previous administration to allow the Saudis to buy a lot of equipment.feedback

Loren Thompson

The most interesting feature of this [arms] transaction is that the Saudis will begin to produce weapons for themselves.feedback

Eric Ferrero - Planned Parenthood

This deal has President Trump throwing gasoline on a house fire and locking the door on his way out. There is damning evidence that war crimes have been committed by the Saudi-led coalition and continuing to arm Saudi Arabia fuels serious human rights violations that are causing overwhelming civilian suffering in Yemen.feedback

Richard Haass

I think we've got be careful about in some ways thinking too much of our Sunni partners and not taking Iran seriously enough. In particular, I would be very wary of getting involved in Yemen, which has all the fixings of a Middle Eastern Vietnam.feedback

Wilbur Ross

Is the bulk of the Islamic world unified with the United States in this effort? This should put that to rest totally.feedback

Anthony Cordesman

The president gave the right speech in the right place at the right time. Issues like human rights and Yemen. Read more.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is. Unfortunately, Americans have always made mistakes in our region. When they attacked Afghanistan (and) Iraq, when they made sanctions against Iran. In Syria, they made mistakes, and also in Yemen. Who can claim that stability of the region can be restored without Iran? I hope that the day will come that Saudi Arabia will adopt this path. They should have polling stations in place for the people and let the rulers not be on a hereditary basis. They should be picked by the people.feedback

Jean-Marc Rickli

I would not be surprised to see an increase in hostilities in Syria and Yemen. Also, the IRGC might want to foster pro-Shi'a groups in Bahrain and some parts of Kuwait to regain power after the elections.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

What we focus on is the symptom of this breakdown of protection and human rights of people in their local communities. We just focus on the symptom, which is the people we see at our borders. First, conflict resolution needs to be redoubled, tripled, quadrupled. It's incredible there's not a bigger pull towards a peaceful settlement of the Yemeni conflict. We also need to get economic life to countries like Yemen and elsewhere so there's not a collapse in social structures there. Then we need investment in avoiding environmental degradation, and we need disaster risk reduction.feedback

Barack Obama

The competition between the Saudis and the Iranians - which has helped to feed proxy wars and chaos in Syria and Iraq and Yemen - requires us to say to our friends as well as to the Iranians that they need to find an effective way to share the neighbourhood and institute some sort of cold peace.feedback

Longley Alley - The International Crisis Group

The Obama administration was a reluctant partner in the war. But ultimately US support for the Saudi war in Yemen seemed to be part of the price the Obama administration was willing to pay for antagonizing Saudi Arabia over the Iranian nuclear deal.feedback

Mark Pocan

Trump has an opportunity to save millions of innocent lives in Yemen. Will he do it?feedback

Mohammed Salem bin Hafeedh

What is happening today exceeds the capabilities of any healthy health system, so how can we [cope] when we are in these difficult and complicated conditions?feedback

Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy

The supposition is that governments in the west and the Gulf will decide how aid is delivered, but organizations like ICRC and the Red Cross have very little capacity on the ground without local actors.feedback

Samira Ali

My young son suddenly started suffering from severe diarrhoea. We went to the hospital and found it full, we couldn't find a place. Only with difficulty were the doctors able to give him the medicines which saved his life. This situation is tragic.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

This is a colossal failure of international diplomacy and a colossal failure to get out the message of a crisis that is now of biblical proportions. This is a clear-cut decline into massive famine that is man-made and avoidable. There has to be leadership from United States and Britain to get a real peace process going. I'm more worried for Yemen now than for any other place on the planet.feedback

David Beasley

It's very, very timely that the United States apply all the pressure it can with regard to all parties involved, including Saudi Arabia. We need to reassess every single thing we are doing as to what we can do to bring an end to this conflict. I was hopeful two weeks ago that was about to resolve, but evidently that hasn't happened.feedback

Nevio Zagaria - World Health Organization

We are very concerned with the re-emergence of cholera across several areas of Yemen in the past couple of weeks. Efforts must be scaled-up now to contain the outbreak and avoid a dramatic increase in cases of the diarrhoeal disease. WHO is in full emergency mode to contain the recent upsurge of suspected cholera cases. Containing the spread of the outbreak is a high priority for WHO and we are coordinating efforts with all parties and with our health, water, and sanitation partners to scale up an integrated and effective response to the cholera epidemic.feedback

Mohammed Abdiker

A minimum of 400,000 people will flee the city eastwards, once Al Hudaydah is under attack. This is in addition to the already desperate situation of more than two million displaced people and their conflict-affected host communities. Even without this attack on Al Hudaydah, all emergency response in Yemen is facing huge difficulties of access, financial support and immense needs.feedback

Hina Shamsi

We have seen that this White House cannot be trusted to give the public accurate information, which is especially critical when the president authorizes military action that kills civilians. The Obama administration had a poor transparency record about lethal strikes in Yemen, but it at least put in place safeguards aimed at protecting civilians from harm.feedback

Nevio Zagaria - World Health Organization

(This) is extremely alarming. We are facing a reactivation of the cholera epidemic. The cause is that there is two years of war in Yemen. There is a huge impact on the infrastructure, the electricity power is on and off, the water pumping stations are not functioning regularly and this has an impact on the quality of water.feedback

Rasha Mohamed - Amnesty International

They are fearful that they could get arrested at any moment. If they were arrested, their children are at risk of being detained, too, because they have nowhere to go. [The Houthi authorities] must immediately stop persecuting members of the Baha'i community. All eyes are on the authorities as to how they are going to deal with this.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Half a million children are now acute, severe malnourished. That is a euphemism for 'they are at the brink of dying from hunger'. That's half a million, really. That number is increasing. And it is not just in certain pockets of the country. It is happening in the north. It is happening in the west, east and in the south.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

This is a gigantic failure of international diplomacy. Men with guns and power inside Yemen as well as in regional and international capitals are undermining every effort to avert an entirely preventable famine, as well as the collapse of health and education services for millions of children.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

When people have no income and the prices of food in the market have tripled, hungry people can only afford to look at the food in the market. They cannot afford to buy it. There are no reserves, there are no warehouses there like in many of the other wars I have visited. Everything goes straight into hungry mouths.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

All our efforts through the World Food Programme reached 3.1 million of 7 million people who are on the brink of famine. So it means basically that 4 million people got nothing in April and these people are staring into the naked eye of starvation. We will have a famine of Biblical proportions, if it continues like now with only a portion of those in greatest need getting humanitarian relief. I'm coming out of here angry with those men with power and guns, inside Yemen, in regional capitals and international capitals who are not able to fix this man-made crisis. It's not rocket science.feedback

Angela Merkel

Many people wish to be politically active and Germany must continue to insist on the importance of human rights, particularly concerning the death penalty.feedback

Boris Johnson

We have a crisis in Yemen that is intractable and a burgeoning crisis on Egypt, and those are to my mind far more important than any obiter dicta you may have disinterred from 30 years of journalism.feedback

Muhannad Hadi - World Food Programme

The International Community and the U.N., everybody together needs to move and to move in fast. If we don't move in today, if we don't do something very quickly, Yemen will be facing famine very, very soon.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

On average, a child under the age of five dies of preventable causes in Yemen every ten minutes. And this means fifty children in Yemen will die during today's conference, and all those deaths could have been prevented. We must act now, to save lives.feedback

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed - United Nations

Further military escalation and humanitarian suffering will not bring the parties closer together.feedback

Jon Alterman

The Saudi concern is strategically Iran... The near-term Saudi concern is how they send a message to the Iranians in Yemen, and they would like full-throated American support. They would also like more American support in fighting terrorism in the Sinai peninsula and they like more American confidence that they are doing it the right way.feedback

Pope Francis

At this time support the efforts of those who are actively working to bring relief and comfort to civilians in Syria, the victim of a war that continues to sow horror and death. The latest despicable attack yesterday on fleeing refugees has resulted in numerous deaths and injuries. Bring peace to all the Middle East, from the Holy Land to Iraq and Yemen as well.feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

[A]n ill-thought out military action with absolutely no overall strategy for Syria risks dragging us further into a civil war in which we cannot tip the scales. And put in the context of U.S. policies that aid the slaughter of civilians in Yemen and deny terrorized Syrians the ability to flee their dystopian existence, a solitary air strike exposes the immoral hypocrisy of this administration's policy in the Middle East.feedback

Kevin Sieff - The Washington Post

Some of their actions appear to be brute thuggery, like the theft by soldiers last summer of more than 4,000 tons of food from a warehouse in Juba, the capital, enough to feed 220,000 people for a month. But aid workers fear the government is intentionally denying aid to regions where it believes residents support the rebels.feedback

Michael Cohen

One of the most important factors that led all of these countries to actually get to a deal back in November of 2016 is the involvement of Russia. If we are now looking at this possibility that there is this … wedge between some of the key players, then the likelihood of an amicable outcome on May 25 is therefore less. That is important to take into account if you have the possibility of further conflict in a place like Iraq, in a place like Yemen and the rest of the region.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Britain must halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia immediately, throw its weight behind a ceasefire resolution at the United Nations and back a full and genuinely independent investigation of the evidence of war crimes in Yemen. As it stands, the British-Saudi relationship is damaging to the people of Saudi Arabia, Britain and the wider Middle East, and helping to export insecurity to the rest of the world. Unless the Prime Minister challenges the Saudi regime over its abuses this week, it will be clear she is ready to sacrifice human rights and security on the altar of the arms trade.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The prime minister should put human rights and international law at the centre of her talks with Saudi Arabia's government this week. Numerous human rights organisations, including the UNHRC and Amnesty International, have documented the dictatorial Saudi monarchy's shocking human rights record. The Saudi-led coalition bombing in Yemen, backed by the British government, has left thousands dead, 21 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and 3 million refugees uprooted from their homes.feedback

Theresa May

As the United Kingdom leaves the EU, we are determined to forge a bold, confident future for ourselves in the world. We must look at the challenges that we, and future generations, will face and build stronger partnerships with countries that will be vital to both our security and our prosperity.feedback

Daniel Machover

The prosecuting authorities are legally obliged to seek out and, where the evidence permits, prosecute (or extradite for prosecution) those in their jurisdiction who are suspected of war crimes. Given the serious allegations against him, the Foreign Office should confirm that it will not stand in the way of due process and the rule of law by granting him special mission immunity in any future visit to this country.feedback

Daniel Larison

The frustrating reality is that both the Obama and Trump administrations have been able to back the war without ever having to face much serious scrutiny from Congress or most of the media, and so they have not had to defend a policy that has shamefully encountered relatively little criticism and minimal resistance.feedback

Daniel Larison

Even when the U.S. role in fueling and arming the coalition's planes has been acknowledged in reports, it is often mentioned only in passing and then minimized. It is very difficult to organize opposition to a policy that most people in the country may not even know is happening. I suppose it is good that our officers are sickened by what the U.S. has been helping the Saudis and their allies do, but most of our politicians and policymakers don't appear to be bothered in the least.feedback

Yousef al-Otaiba

Now the U.S., Saudis and the UAE are back on the same page. We're getting the support we need.feedback

Andrew Exum

One of our bedrock interests in the Middle East is freedom of navigation in and around the Arabian Peninsula, and while I understand why no one wanted to get further enmeshed in the Houthi conflict, we came dangerously close to dropping the ball on protecting our interests toward the end of the administration. We were too hesitant to respond forcefully.feedback

Ahmed Asiri

At least now we understand that the government of the United States sees the reality on the ground . . . and that there is a country in the area that wants to use militias and spoil the situation.feedback

David Orr

We have a situation where famine has been declared in two counties in Unity state in South Sudan. That means there are already people dying in those places. This has been caused by a combination of factors including conflict, which prevents access. Humanitarian intervention is very difficult. Huge numbers of people are displaced. Now famine is threatening in other parts of South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Over forty lives have been lost in this unwarranted attack on helpless civilians fleeing violence and conflict. Many questions remain unanswered on the circumstances of this horrific event. We call on all parties to the conflict to make proper inquiries to ensure accountability and to prevent this from happening again.feedback

Hassan Cabdoo

In Yemen, there is war. Here in Somalia, there is no good employment but at least there is peace.feedback

Shabia Mantoo - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

We are distressed by this incident and understand that refugees were travelling in a vessel off the coast of Hodeidah which was reportedly impacted during the course of hostilities.feedback

Joel Millman - International Organization for Migration

Our confirmation is that there are dozens of deaths and many dozens of survivors brought to hospitals.feedback

Shabia Mantoo - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

We are distressed by this incident and understand that refugees were travelling in a vessel off the coast of Hudaydah which was reportedly impacted during the course of hostilities.feedback

Eric Pelofsky

We had very much hoped that the new cranes, replacing those destroyed by the airstrikes, would increase the flow of food and other essentials into Yemen in order to stave off the looming risk of famine.feedback

Karl Blanchet

Syria is just the tip of the iceberg. In Afghanistan and Yemen today, international humanitarian organizations ... report attacks on health facilities every week. Patients have been shot while traveling in ambulances in Colombia, ambulances are used in suicide attacks in Afghanistan, doctors are murdered in Somalia, and hospitals bombed in Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya.feedback

Matthew Olsen

I think these rules proved effective operationally – I never saw an instance where we missed an opportunity to carry out a strike because of too much lawyering.feedback

Matthew Olsen

I am concerned that loosening standards will harm our ability over time to carry out these operations, because it will affect our standing with the countries in which we need to operate.feedback

Bonnie Kristian

This is a major new development in a military intervention launched by the Obama White House without public discussion or a declaration of war. Obama started US involvement in Yemen secretly and illegally, and to escalate to ground war–to putting US troops in harm's way–without so much as a go-ahead from Congress would be a serious mistake.feedback

Jim Himes

The power to make war is explicitly granted to Congress in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution. Over many decades, however, this power has migrated increasingly to the President. We are now in a situation where military actions are carried out by the US around the world without the explicit approval of Congress.feedback

Michael Brendan Dougherty

The U.S. role in the war is substantial. Saudi Arabia buys most of its weapons from the U.S. Its pilots are trained by the United States. And the United States refuels Saudi planes in the air. The U.S. military is widely believed to be helping the Saudis choose targets. And U.S. special [operations] forces are on the ground in Yemen, ostensibly to fight local al Qaeda outfits.feedback

Hashim Azazi

All of those killed were civilians, none were holding weapons.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.feedback

Joseph Votel - Army

I think we had a good understanding of exactly what happened . . . and we've been able to pull lessons learned out of that we will apply in future operations.feedback

Joseph Votel - Army

We lost a lot on this operation. We lost a valued operator; we had people wounded; we caused civilian casualties; lost an expensive aircraft.feedback

Joseph Votel - Army

I was satisfied that none of those indicators that I identified to you were present. I think we had a good understanding of exactly what happened on this objective and we've been able to pull lessons learned out of that, that we will apply in future operations.feedback

Khalil el Shamri

We are here to tell the United Nations that it is now accused of (contributing to) the starvation of the people of Yemen. It is now responsible for the displacement of the Yemeni people. We are here for all Yemeni people, not a certain political party.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

US forces will continue to target AQAP militants and facilities in order to disrupt the terrorist organization's plots, and ultimately to protect American lives. AQAP is the organization that has more American blood on its hands. It is a deadly terrorist organization that has proven itself to be very effective in targeting and killing Americans, and they have intent and aspirations to continue doing so. We are working to stop them from that.feedback

Mohammed Alfatemi

Some homes were damaged in the attack. The house of Atef Saad, an AQAP leader, was partially damaged due to a missile that exploded next to his home. We were told that he was not in his house at that time.feedback

Elisabeth Kendall

The fact that [Al Masra] would put this so prominently on the front page – as lead article – indicates it has traction, that this is a way to win support. It plays entirely into their narrative that they were right about the West's war on Islam all along. It shows us how much al-Qaeda is trying to capitalize on some of the policies of the Trump administration. Trump has created an upsurge in militant jihadist attention on America – it was previously on America but also on many other targets like Shiites in Yemen, Iraq and even Syria – but this has really refocused attention on America itself.feedback

Salem al-Marqashi

We believe that the soldiers were American because they came from the battleships and it is known to the fishermen and locals in the area that the battleships in that area are American. The locals saw them from a distance of about one kilometer [0.6 mile] away.feedback

Ramzi al-Fadhli

Footprints from soldiers and police dogs have been seen in the area of Mowjan. . . . We are also looking into the purpose behind the American soldiers' landing in the area and what their mission was.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

We have U.S. Special Operations forces that go in and out of Yemen to assist our partner forces in fighting al-Qaeda.feedback

Erik Wemple

President Trump likes to boast about how, as president, he’s in an exquisite position to judge the value of news reports coming out of the White House. “Here’s the thing: The public isn’t - you know, they read newspapers, they see television, they watch. They don’t know if it’s true or false because they’re not involved, ” said Trump at that memorable Feb. 16 news conference. “I’m involved. I’ve been involved with this stuff all my life. But I’m involved. So I know when you’re telling the truth or when you’re not. I just see many, many untruthful things.”.feedback

Kristine Beckerle

On top of a devastating, nearly two year-long war, Yemen is now home to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. Millions are on the brink of famine, more than two-thirds of the entire population are struggling to feed themselves and nearly half a million children are suffering from severe and acute malnutrition. The UN estimates that a child now dies in Yemen every ten minutes from a preventable disease.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

This also means access to the ports so that the needed imports can enter Yemen. Seven million people don't know where their next meal is coming from and we now face a serious risk of famine.feedback

James Stavridis

Certainly the Obama administration, particularly by the end of its 8-year run, was very cautious in moving forward with any kind of military activity. A new administration I think naturally is going to be spring-loaded to move out and demonstrate something. When we look at evidently very little actual intelligence out, the loss of a high performance aircraft and above all the loss of a highly trained special forces member of SEAL Team 6, I think we need to understand why this mission, why now, what happened, and what the actual output was.feedback

Sean Spicer

We gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil. He was able to obtain through that raid, as I said before, [information that] is going to save American lives. The mission was successful in helping prevent future attack or attacks on this nation.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

I haven't had the chance to speak with [Trump] directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that.feedback

Sean Spicer

It's absolutely a success, and I think anyone who would suggest it's not a success does disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens. He fought knowing what was at stake in that mission. And anybody who would suggest otherwise doesn't fully appreciate how successful that mission was.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

I haven't had the chance to speak with him directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that. I know that he paid the ultimate sacrifice when he went on that mission. And I know that the mission has a lot of different critics, but it did yield a substantial amount of very important intel and resources that helped save American lives and other lives.feedback

Nasr al-Hariri

We have a lot of points that we share with this new administration of America. On the top of these priorities is fighting terrorism and reaching stability in Syria across or through a political transition and to face the state of Iran, which interferes not only in Syria but in Iraq and Yemen and in other countries.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Despite some generous pledges, just US$90 million has actually been received so far. We are in the beginning of the year but these numbers are very worrying. Famine is already a reality in parts of South Sudan. Unless we act now, it is only a matter of time until it affects other areas and other countries. We are facing a tragedy.feedback

Jamie McGoldrick - United Nations

The manner in which the parties to the conflict are waging this war is taking an unacceptable toll on the civilian population in Yemen and as illustrated by this most recent tragedy, women and children are paying with their lives. I am alarmed to see this tragic loss of life further escalate the fighting, with reports of a retaliatory ballistic missile strike into Saudi Arabia's Asir region.feedback

Aziz Mabkhout

If you want to hunt al Qaeda, you can find them in the surrounding mountains not in this small village. ... The Americans' information was wrong.feedback

Saleh Mohsen al-Ameri

Hours later, we pulled her body back and found the child unconscious but alive, covered in his mother's blood.feedback

Abdullah al-Joufi

There was random shooting at anything that moved, the entire place was on fire. If you have a head, you better keep it down. This is what we did.feedback

Abdelwahab El Nahmy

Since the fourth quarter of 2016, we ran out of all the medications we have in storage and the patients now suffer from lack of availability and are forced to search for it in the local market for higher prices.feedback

Rick Brennan

Currently more than 14.8 million people lack access to basic healthcare, with less than 45 percent of health facilities still functioning. Health care workers have not received their salaries regularly for about six months. Medical supplies are in chronic shortage. Many Yemeni people die in silence and are largely unaccounted for, unnoticed and unrecorded.feedback

John McCain

My understanding of the parameters of the raid were, they wanted to capture individuals. The objective was to kill the bad guys, but also capture some of them.feedback

John McCain

When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, [an] American life is lost … I don't believe that you can call it a success. Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated. But the brave men who [went] on that mission and risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes. Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their bravery and courage and willingness to sacrifice for their fellow Americans who were being held captive. Mr. Spicer should know that story.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

Yemen is one of the most food insecure countries in the world. A staggering 7.3 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from. If there is no immediate action, and despite the ongoing humanitarian efforts, famine is now a real possibility for 2017. Malnutrition is rife, and is rising at an alarming rate.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

In Yemen, if bombs don't kill you, a slow and painful death by starvation is now an increasing threat.feedback

John Thomas - International Security

The objective was site exploitation to find out more about how AQAP operates, functions, and how they communicate with each other.feedback

John McCain

I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success. When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost … I don't believe you can call it a success. Many years ago, when I was imprisoned in North Vietnam, there was an attempt to rescue the POWs. Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated, but the brave men who took – risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes.feedback

Mark Toner

Yemen suffers most directly from the threat of AQAP and President Hadi has been a stalwart partner in the fight against AQAP and ISIS. We will continue to work with him and his representatives to ensure that this important partnership remains solid in order to ultimately eradicate AQAP/ISIS from Yemen. The United States conducts operations consistent with international law and in coordination with the government of Yemen. We will not relent in our mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al Qaeda and ISIS.feedback

Sean Spicer

The raid that was conducted in Yemen was an intelligence-gathering raid. That's what it was. It was highly successful. It achieved the purpose it was going to get, save the loss of life that we suffered and the injuries that occurred.feedback

Sean Spicer

I'm answering the question, please let me finish. The raid, the action that was taken in Yemen was a huge success. American lives will be saved because of it. Future attacks will be prevented. The life of Chief Ryan Owens was done in service to this country and we owe him and his family a great debt for the information that we received during that raid. I think any suggestion otherwise is a disservice to his courageous life and the actions he took, full stop. That's my message to anybody who says that, anybody. I don't know how much clearer I can be.feedback

Jamie McGoldrick - United Nations

The situation in Yemen is catastrophic and rapidly deteriorating, . Nearly 3.3 million people - including 2.1 million children - are acutely malnourished.feedback

Mark Goldring

The UK Government's calculated complicity risks accelerating Yemen towards a famine, putting millions of lives at risk and making a mockery of their global obligations to those in peril.feedback

Juan C. Zarate

Certainly if the goal is to capture the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, that didn't happen. It wasn't successful in that regard. On the other hand, a number of al Qaeda leaders were killed, and al Qaeda was disrupted, at least in terms of that cell. They understand that the U.S. is willing to lean forward and perhaps they're being deterred or disrupted in their activities. And we may have collected incredibly valuable intelligence that will lead to further disruptions and further counterterrorism activities down the road.feedback

John Thomas - International Security

CENTCOM asks for operations we believe have a good chance for success and when we ask for authorization we certainly believe there is a chance of successful operations based on our planning.feedback

Alex Vatanka

Iran right now is playing the Yemen card as part of a larger geopolitical rivalry with Saudi Arabia. That was not thought through carefully. This moment, with the missile, is actually an opportunity for the Trump administration to come out and say, We're not against the people, we're against the policies of the regime that happens to rule Iran today.feedback

Michael Stephens

If you look at Yemen on the list of Iranian priorities it is really low.feedback

Ali Akbar Velayati

Iran will continue to test its capabilities in ballistic missiles and Iran will not ask any country for permission in defending itself. Iran is the strongest power in the region and has a lot of political, economic and military power and will not pay any attention to threats from America.feedback

Sanam Vakil - Chatham House

The bigger picture is containing al Qaeda influence's in Yemen.feedback

Sanam Vakil - Chatham House

Saudi Arabia's whole premise for entering into the Yemen conflict was to contain Iran.feedback

Michael Stephens

The concrete is drying pretty quickly on Iran's footprint across the region.feedback

Clement Therme

This is a real change in U.S. policy ... Trump will hopefully notice that it is al Qaeda and [ISIS] that are the main threat in the region.feedback

Sean Spicer

Knowing that we killed an estimated 14 AQAP members and that we gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil – is something that I think most service members understand, that that's why they joined the service.feedback

April Alley - The International Crisis Group

The raid ... is a good example of what not to do. The use of U.S. troops and the high number of civilian casualties ... are deeply inflammatory and breed anti-American resentment across the Yemeni political spectrum that works to the advantage of AQAP.feedback

John Thomas - International Security

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has a horrifying history of hiding women and children within militant operating areas and terrorist camps, and continuously shows a callous disregard for innocent lives. That's what makes cases like these so especially tragic.feedback

Esam Molhi

This is unfair. I want him to feel as I feel, you know?feedback

Julie Goldberg

These are all children, parents and the spouses of U.S. citizens. It's super frustrating. They're running out of money. Djibouti is very expensive. They can't go back to Yemen, they would be killed.feedback

Karen Greenberg

The perception will be that it's not enough to kill al-Awlaki. That the US had to kill the entire family.feedback

Meritxell Relano - UNICEF

What worries us is the severe acute malnutrition because it is killing children. Because of the crumbling health system, the conflict and economic crisis, we have gone back to 10 years ago. A decade has been lost in health gains. We managed to bring supplies into the country. We have 50 percent in the country secured for this year.feedback

Nasser Al-Awlaki

They [the SEALs] entered another house and killed everybody in it, including all the women. They burned the house. There is an assumption there was a woman [in the house] from Saudi Arabia who was with al Qaeda. All we know is that she was a children's teacher.feedback

Jessica Stern

Sudan, Iran and Yemen officially punish homosexuality with death, and Iraq, a country that has seen killing sprees of people perceived as gay or transgender, has never held a single perpetrator responsible. The governments of Libya, Syria and Somalia punish homosexuality with prison – even up to 10 years. Thanks to President Trump's executive order, LGBTQ people will remain in unsafe environments, they will languish in refugee camps, they will endure violence and some will die.feedback

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

I can't imagine too many people out there watching this right now think it's unreasonable to ask a few more questions from someone travelling in and out of Libya and Yemen before being let loose in the United States. And that's all this is.feedback

Sean Spicer

He extends his condolences. But more importantly, he understands the fight that our servicemen and women conduct on a daily basis to keep this country safe. If [U.S. forces] are going to go to out there and put their lives on the line every day to fight ISIS, to fight other people who are seeking to do us harm … we do our part to make sure that we're not having an open door to allow [those] people to march right into our country.feedback

Joseph Votel - Army

We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members. The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.feedback

Abdulraoof al-Dhahab - Al-Qaeda

Next, the gunmen opened fire at the U.S. soldiers who left the area, and the helicopters bombed the gunmen and a number of homes and led to a large number of casualties.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

Overall, the plight of children remains grim, with a child under the age of five dying every 10 minutes of preventable causes. Since the hostilities began in March 2015, more than 1,400 children have been killed and over 2,140 injured.feedback

Antonia Calvo Puerta - European Union

We need to help the private sector to be able to do what they do best and for that we need a functioning (central) bank.feedback

Jamie McGoldrick - United Nations

If we have only got three months supply, there is a possibility there will be a gap for a period of time. One of the big concerns is how do we get liquidity into the system to allow people like importers to bring in these key commodities? What happens next, no one is quite sure. Without the money, starvation is looming large.feedback

Nasser Mohammed Nasser

Who do we talk to? America? Where is America? They would kill two or three from al-Qaida on one hand and 10 or 15 civilians on the other hand. Where is this al-Qaida they claim to be killing? ... There are many other incidents like ours due to drones.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran and Saudi Arabia were able to actually stop impeding the process of the presidential election in Lebanon. We have a success story.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

I do not see any reason why Iran and Saudi Arabia should have hostile policies towards each other. We can in fact work together to put an end to miserable conditions of the people in Syria and Yemen and Bahrain and elsewhere in the region.feedback

Jamie McGoldrick - United Nations

Some of them are related to being displaced people, some of it related to gender-based violence.feedback

Jamie McGoldrick - United Nations

There are about 11 million people in this country who need some sort of protection in terms of human rights, to protect their dignity and their safety. And there's another 2.9 million living in acutely affected areas, who require legal and other types of support.feedback

Farhan Haq - United Nations

This is something he's been developing in dialogue with the various parties and that dialogue will continue.feedback

Farhan Haq - United Nations

This once more underscores the need to resolve the situation in Yemen without any further delay. There's been a huge humanitarian cost.feedback

Dominique Burgeon

It is absolutely critical for the authorities and the people themselves to ... be able to monitor these shocks so ... they can take early action to prevent it from turning into a big disaster. In terms of numbers, Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.feedback

Salah Hajj Hassan - FAO

From a security point of view, if we don't give those people the chance to work, what alternatives will young people have?feedback

Salah Hajj Hassan - FAO

People's access to food is rapidly worsening and urgent action is needed.feedback

Meritxell Relano - UNICEF

This is the latest example of how attacks on civilian areas continue to kill and injure children in Yemen. Instead of learning, children are witnessing death, war and destruction. Schools should be zones of peace at all times, a sanctuary where children can learn, grow, play and be safe. Children should never risk their lives only to attend school.feedback

Mohammed Al-Qahali

The main problem we're now facing is in the management of waste in Yemen that is posing a real danger to the general health of residents.feedback

Khaled al-Thor

It requires expertise and an immediate resolution, otherwise ... Sanaa will disappear from the map.feedback

Meritxell Relano - UNICEF

We call on parties to the conflict to give us unhindered access to children in need across the country so we are able to deliver nutrition supplies, treat malnourished children and support Yemen's health services.feedback

Meritxell Relano - UNICEF

Malnutrition in Yemen is at an all-time high and increasing. The state of health of children in the Middle East's poorest country has never been as catastrophic as it is today.feedback

Juan Manuel Santos

The Colombian peace agreement is a ray of hope in a world troubled by so many conflicts and so much intolerance. It proves that what, at first, seems impossible, through perseverance may become possible even in Syria or Yemen or South Sudan.feedback

Boris Johnson

But I must share my profound concern about the present suffering of the people of Yemen.feedback

Wasfi al-Zakari

Her health remains chronic, and her bones remain fragile due to stunted growth. In all likelihood, they will never return to normal.feedback

Mohammed Al-Alafi

It was necessary to form the government, and we must resist as we've suffered patiently for almost two years. A government has to be formed, and Yemen is rich with its men, rich with intellectuals, rich with learned and educated people, who understand what they need to do for the benefit of the people.feedback

Jonah Leff

This report provides evidence suggesting Iran is playing a hand in supplying weapons to the conflict in Yemen.feedback

Abdallah Jama Sallah

In 2015, our own forces reported 160 Iranian boats fishing in our seas without permission. There's no way of verifying them. There's lots of weapons going back and forth, it's absolutely impossible to control that sea.feedback

Mohammad Hossein Baqeri

We need distant bases, and it may become possible one day to have bases on the shores of Yemen or Syria, or bases on islands or floating (bases). Is having distant bases less than nuclear technology? I say it is worth dozens of times more.feedback

Ahmed Abdo

There is no more work left for us. We used to have three or four ships at the port and we would unload them in two or three days. Now, only ships with their own cranes are allowed to enter.feedback

Abu Bakr Ishaq

Until just before 2015, Hodeidah port achieved a boom in revenues in non-oil resources exceeding 30 percent in average growth. But the ports infrastructure has been destroyed by the coalition.feedback

Awad Said

The port's capacity was severely curtailed since the coalition aircraft destroyed the four cranes.feedback

Hamid Rizq

It is important to note here the conspiracy against the missile forces in Yemen. (There has been) an American conspiracy to dismantle the Yemeni army through so-called 'restructuring' ... to pave the way for the spread of chaos.feedback

Ahmed Asseri

We have information that there are Lebanese working with the (Houthi) militias belonging to Hezbollah ... We know they are there, we know they help them renew and maintain the missiles.feedback

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed - United Nations

The Arab coalition has heeded a request by the Yemeni government and the international community and declared a truce, but any truce without monitoring on the ground is useless because we are facing an armed militia.feedback

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed - United Nations

I remind all parties that terms and conditions of cessation of hostilities include a full and comprehensive halt to military activities.feedback

Ahmed Asseri

There is a huge network of smuggling those weapons moving around. They try to camouflage ... We were tracking them and when they stopped in the area of the 55th Brigade of the Republican Guard we attacked them in the night.feedback

Ahmed Asseri

It was so late at night that it was only the smugglers and the Houthi rebels around those vehicles.feedback

Michael Edey

Attacks like these are not common and take a certain amount of training and resources to achieve. It will obviously raise concerns for shipping in the area.feedback

Samantha Power - United Nations

The United States will continue to underscore to the coalition the need to take all feasible measures to reduce civilian casualties and target precisely, including verifying targets against a no-strike list.feedback

Faisal al-Salmi

We have become an independent state thanks to God and the leadership of the Arab coalition ... southern lands have been liberated by the blood of her sons and have loosed the bonds of unity which brought only terrorism, cronyism, and the looting of the people's wealth.feedback

Mohammed Abdel-Salam

The hereditary rulers of the UAE are clearly and blatantly advancing a separatist agenda.feedback

Bettina Luescher - World Food Programme

It is really a dire situation on the ground. When you see mothers who have little to eat themselves and they see their children slipping away, it just breaks your heart.feedback

Christophe Boulierac

Nearly 10,000 deaths of children under five years may have occurred due to declining health care, this crumbling health system. Six-hundred health facilities have stopped working, and a fifth of all vaccination centres and district vaccine stores remain closed.feedback

Tarik Jasarevic - World Health Organization

The latest figures I got this morning is that the number of cases is increasing, and that there are, as of 27th October, 1,410 suspected cholera cases in 10 out of Yemen's 23 governorates.feedback

Kevin Donegan

We did not catch or pick up all the ships. It's fortunate we were able to find [these ships]. There certainly are others.feedback

Kevin Donegan

Since that overt weapons shipment, I think that you can connect the dots that those things have been working their way, higher end weapons systems have found their way to Yemen, and they didn't just appear on their own.feedback

Kevin Donegan

It's not something that's going to come with an instruction manual. We think that Iran had some hand in this.feedback

Kevin Donegan

In case there is a further attack we want to know about that network and how they do their business.feedback

Kevin Donegan

The radar sites will be re-set. I absolutely believe the capability still exists. The radar sites, we disrupted their capabilities, we did not take away their capabilities.feedback

Kevin Donegan

Either US ships or coalition ships ... intercepted four weapons shipments from Iran to Yemen. We know they came from Iran and we know the destination.feedback

Kevin Donegan

We believe that Iran is connected to this in some way.feedback

Abdullah al-Alimi

We emphasize our conviction that all proposals are doomed to failure if (they don't reject the) excesses of the coup, which is the mother of all these calamities and the root of the evils.feedback

Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar - United Nations

The legitimate government remains committed to restraint in recognition of the efforts of UN and for the sake of achieving the peace which has been rejected by the coup militias,' Ahmar said in a statement on his official Facebook page.feedback

Adel Al-Jubeir

Yes it's a terrible tragedy and we expect that people will be held accountable and punished. We expect that compensation will be paid to the victims. Whoever is responsible for the death of 140 people must be held accountable. There is no but, if, where, or what.feedback

John Kerry

We reiterate the Special Envoy's request to allow 'free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies.feedback

Jamie McGoldrick - United Nations

Hopefully this nationwide cessation will provide humanitarian agencies and organizations the opportunity to respond in areas that have been cut off or are hard to reach in all of Yemen.feedback

Peter Cook

We are still assessing the situation. There are still some aspects to this that we are trying to clarify for ourselves given the threat -- the potential threat -- to our people. So this is still a situation that we're assessing closely.feedback

Anita Yadav - Emirates NBD

There's the difference in credit rating, but also U.S. investors have a different view on the Saudis. They'll consider the Saudis' engagement in Yemen, the much bigger budget deficit, some political uncertainty. I think even if the Saudis printed only $1 billion, they would still have to pay more than Qatar.feedback

John Kerry

This is the time to implement a cease fire unconditionally and then move to the negotiating table,' U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after meeting in London with U.N. peace envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and his counterparts from Britain, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia, which is leading an air campaign in Yemen.feedback

John Kerry

It is a crisis now of enormous proportions with an increasing economic, increasing humanitarian and health crisis, and obviously the military components are troubling to everybody.feedback

John Richardson

There's been recent activity today. The [USS Mason] appears to have come under attack in the Red Sea again by coastal defense cruise missiles fired from the coast of Yemen. So as you know, this is the third such attack.feedback

John Kerry

An airplane flew from Muscat to Sanaa, it took the Houthi delegation back to Sanaa and it took wounded people from the funeral back to Oman - this is something we have been working on for the last days - and it also secured the release of two American citizens from the Houthi. Their names are not being released at this point in time, but we were very pleased with that and we continue to work on other hostage situations here and elsewhere.feedback

John Kerry

I will maybe have more to say on that tomorrow (Sunday) in London but it remains a top priority for us to try to end the violence.feedback

Jeffrey Labovitz

If you look at our numbers right now, 600-700 is not huge, but with 10,000 plus per month, if returns start happening, it could very soon get huge.feedback

Jeffrey Labovitz

It's certainly hundreds who are lost in the desert (each year) and found later by local communities and buried under these omnipresent rocks. It's not pretty. They dry up and become petrified and are found later by local tribesmen.feedback

Jeffrey Labovitz

This route doesn't get the attention it deserves because they are going to Saudi and not going to the shores of the Mediterranean.feedback

Jeffrey Labovitz

If they increase deportations we are going to get people stuck here.feedback

Jeffrey Labovitz

What's happening now is a confluence of a whole bunch of political events where suddenly we have a surge in numbers.feedback

Mark Toner

It's hard and I agree that it does sound similar. But the formula is what we believe is the right one.feedback

Mark Toner

It's somewhat safe to assume that in a pull aside or a follow up with the appropriate people [the secretary] is going to raise the situation in Yemen. We are very concerned about what is happening there as well as what is happening in Syria.feedback

Mark Toner

We need to de-escalate obviously given the events of the past week and that is where the priority is right now.feedback

Mark Toner

What the Secretary has been pushing hard for is to get back … to a cessation of hostilities, a 72-hour cessation of hostilities which can at least then create some kind of climate where a political dialogue or a dialogue can begin again.feedback

Eric Schultz

The intent of our strikes [was] to deter future attacks and to reduce the risk to U.S. and other vessels. We are prepared to respond if necessary to any future missile launches.feedback

Peter Cook

These strikes are not connected to the broader conflict in Yemen. We want to make crystal clear that if you threaten our forces, you threaten our ships, we will be prepared to respond, as we did in this case.feedback

Peter Cook

These strikes are not connected to the broader conflict in Yemen. The United States continues to encourage all parties in the Yemen conflict to commit to a cessation of hostilities and to seek a political solution to that conflict. Our actions overnight were a response to hostile action, the launch of multiple missiles that presented a threat to US Navy vessels, to other ships in the area and to commerce in a strategic international waterway.feedback

Peter Cook

The ship employed defensive countermeasures, and the missile did not reach USS Mason. There was no damage to the ship or its crew.feedback

Peter Cook

These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway. The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb, and elsewhere around the world.feedback

Peter Cook

These limited self-defence strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway. The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab Al Mandab, and elsewhere around the world.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

Anybody who takes action, fires against U.S. Navy ships operating in international waters, does so at their own peril. We're going to find out who did this and we will take action accordingly.feedback

John Richardson

These unjustified attacks are serious, but they will not deter us from our mission. The team in USS Mason demonstrated initiative and toughness as they defended themselves and others against these unfounded attacks over the weekend and again today. All Americans should be proud of them.feedback

John Kirby

Aid and assistance for any country are always under review and subject to modification. We are going to review our position and continue to have further policy discussions.feedback

Ted Lieu

It appears that either the Saudi coalition is intentionally targeting civilians or they are not distinguishing between civilians and military targets. Both would be war crimes.feedback

Mohammed Jaber Awad

We say this is an illusion. They will be unable to advance one inch inside Yemeni territory.feedback

Gerry Northwood

Now that the U.S. is getting involved, it will become increasingly difficult for the Houthis to position their missiles for further attacks.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

Those things are things that we're looking at. We want very much to get to the bottom of what happened. We're going to find out who did this, and we'll take action accordingly.feedback

Omar Saleh

The number of cases has increased from five to 11 people.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Aerial attacks by the Saudi-led coalition have already caused immense carnage and destroyed much of the country's medical facilities and other vital civilian infrastructure. Excuses ring hollow given the pattern of violence throughout the conflict. Parties cannot hide behind the fog of this war. A man-made catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes.feedback

Mark Toner

He welcomed the deputy crown prince's commitment to launch a thorough and immediate investigation of the strike and urged him to take urgent steps to ensure such an incident does not happen again.feedback

Phillip Belcher

It is a deteriorating situation and it is worrying that this longer range weaponry is being used in the area.feedback

Ted Lieu

In the law of war, you can be guilty for aiding and abetting war crimes and at some point the ... evidence is going to continue to mount and I think the administration is now in an untenable situation.feedback

Jamie McGoldrick - United Nations

The international community must exert pressure and influence on all parties to the conflict to ensure civilians are protected. This violence against civilians in Yemen must stop immediately.feedback

Maria V. Zakharova

Kerry used these words from the point of view of fanning tensions. As long as war crimes are at question, the Americans should start with Iraq. And then look at Libya and Yemen to see what is going on there.feedback

Richard Stanforth - Oxfam Intermón

The politicisation of the central bank and attempts by the parties in the conflict to use it as a tool to hurt one another ... threaten to push the poorest over the edge. Everything is stacked against the people on the brink of starvation in Yemen.feedback

Alexandre Faite

We are relieved and thankful that Nourane is now back with us, safe and sound. Her abduction was a terrible ordeal for her, as well as for her family, friends and colleagues. And it has obviously dealt a real blow to our humanitarian work in Yemen.feedback

Saleh Al Quaiti

We have to reverse the situation ... I was handed over a bank empty of money, a monetary cycle that was incapable of circulating and a database that was not existent. We will solve the salary payment problem, despite the [insurgent] Houthis keeping the database, through information stored in the branches of the central bank in the governorates.feedback

Mansour Hadi

We shall extract Yemen from the claws of Iran, we shall raise the Yemeni flag over every foot of our precious Yemeni soil and we will lay the foundation for a just federal state.feedback

Mansour Hadi

We tell the whole world in very clear terms that extremism and sectarian terrorism sponsored by Iran in the region has created and will create a terrorism counter to that. We decided to move the central bank to the interim capital, Aden, in order to save what we could save so that the bank would not reach zero reserves.feedback

Alberto Caprari - Caprari

The coalition takes its responsibilities under international humanitarian law seriously, and is committed to the protection of civilians in Yemen.feedback

Alberto Caprari - Caprari

We are very angry. We have been operating in Yemen with our partner for more than 20 years, helping to produce pumps which are for civilian use.feedback

Mahdi al Ahdal

Yes I want to pray for Yemen and the people in Syria and Iraq and all the oppressed Muslim people. May God guide Islam and all Muslims. This (Hajj) is an Islamic ritual and a part of the five pillars of Islam.feedback

Ned Price

US security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank check. In the light of this and other incidents, we have initiated an immediate review of our already significantly reduced support to the Saudi-led coalition and are prepared to adjust our support so as to better align with US principles, values and interests, including achieving an immediate and durable end to Yemen's tragic conflict.feedback

Scott Paul

Congress' silence would signal to the Yemeni people that U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is unconditional – no matter how cruel the parties' methods of warfare or how unwilling they are to make peace.feedback

William Hartung

The more recent deals that have involved resupplying Saudi Arabia with ammunition, bombs, and tanks to replace weaponry used up or damaged in the war in Yemen are no doubt driven in part by the effort to 'reassure' the Saudis that the U.S. will not tilt towards Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal.feedback