The death toll of the US-UK-Saudi-Emirati war on Yemen is estimated to be at least 377,000 individuals, as of the end of 2021.
More than two-thirds of these Yemenis killed were likely children.
These statistics come from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which reported in November that the number of deaths by direct and indirect causes in Yemen was projected to surpass 377,000 by the end of 2021.
March 2022 will mark the seventh anniversary of this war, which has caused the largest humanitarian crisis on Earth.
Saudi Arabia initiated the war in March 2015 by launching airstrikes on its southern neighbor, with support and weapons from the United States, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates.
Approximately 60% (226,000) of these estimated Yemeni deaths were because of indirect causes, according to the UNDP, such as preventable diseases or a lack of access to food, water, and healthcare.
Roughly 40% (151,000) of these Yemenis suffered violent deaths, whether from US-backed Saudi airstrikes or front-line fighting.
The UNDP said 70% (264,000) of the estimated Yemeni deaths were children under age 5.
15.6 million Yemenis live in extreme poverty, and 8.6 million suffer from under-nutrition, according to the report.
The UNDP added that Yemen’s economy has suffered an estimated loss of US $126 billion in potential gross domestic product (GDP) since 2015.
“If war in Yemen continues through 2030, we estimate that 1.3 million people will die as a result,” the report added ominously.
Over 7 years of conflict caused the death of 377 thousand Yemenis, mostly children and mostly from indirect causes according to @UNDPYemen
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— @OSE_Yemen (@OSE_Yemen) January 6, 2022
The war on Yemen gets very little media coverage, and is rarely mentioned by political leaders in the United States.
President Joe Biden claimed during his presidential campaign that he would end the war. In February 2021, the president announced that the United States would end support for “offensive” Saudi operations in Yemen – although by their very nature, all Saudi operations in Yemen are offensive, because the wealthy monarchy initiated the war by bombing its neighbor, the poorest country in West Asia.
Yet the Biden administration has continued selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, and the war on Yemen has only escalated since the Democratic president entered office.
Violence in Yemen is at the highest levels since 2018, with a civilian killed or wounded every hour on average.
President Biden claimed he would end the war on Yemen, but US-backed Saudi bombing has escalated.
A Yemeni civilian is now killed or injured every hour on average, the highest casualty level since 2018.
This March marks the 7th anniversary of this war.https://t.co/v9ltD2095R
— Multipolarista (@Multipolarista) February 12, 2022