CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON WHITE HOUSE CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO CIVILIAN DEATHS IN YEMEN AIRSTRIKES

October 3, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement following the White House’s call for an investigation into the deaths of civilians and Red Crescent volunteers as a result of coalition airstrikes in Yemen.  Earlier this week, Congressman Lieu sent a letter to General Joseph F. Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, requesting further information about civilian deaths as a result of Saudi Arabian led coalition airstrikes in Yemen. 

"This past week, I sent a letter to General Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, requesting more information about the thousands of civilians killed in airstrikes in Yemen - strikes led by Saudi Arabia and assisted by the United States.   Yesterday's announcement by the White House, calling for an investigation into these civilian deaths, is welcome news.

Given this tragic loss of life, in one case alone 131 people were killed in an errant strike on a wedding party, I reiterate my call for the United States to halt its participation in these airstrikes until a full investigation reveals just how many civilians have been killed and injured and how these casualties might be better prevented going forward."

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