Investigate Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Yemen

White Phosphorous by Leigh Blackall

Target: President Obama

Goal: Halt transfers of white phosphorous to Saudi Arabia pending an investigation into allegations of its use as a chemical weapon.

Images have emerged which appear to show white phosphorous munitions being used by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. These munitions were likely supplied by the U.S. When used against people, white phosphorus is capable of burning through flesh to the bone. It is unclear what these munitions are being used for, however the use of white phosphorus for any use except signalling, or creating a smoke screen is illegal under U.S. law. It is also illegal under U.S. law for the government, or any other individual to provide white phosphorous to a government using it against military or civilian targets.

The U.S.-backed and Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen has been marked by seemingly indiscriminate attacks against civilian targets such as hospitals, markets, and schools. This has left Yemen’s infrastructure shattered, and the country facing a humanitarian crisis. Therefore, despite it being unclear what white phosphorous is being used for in this conflict, any fear that it is or will be used against civilians. Sign our petition and demand that the U.S. halt all transfers of white phosphorous until an investigation determines how the weapons are being used in the conflict.


Dear President Obama,

The emergence of images that appear to show white phosphorous being deployed by Saudi Arabia in Yemen should worry us all. It is currently unclear how these munitions are being deployed. However, given extensive evidence of the Saudi-led coalition targeting hospitals, markets, schools and other civilian targets, the presence of these munitions should be a cause for concern.

As you know, supplying white phosphorous to a government that uses it for offensive purposes other than producing a smoke screen or creating a marker is illegal under both U.S. and international law. I urge you to do everything in your power to halt any transfers of white phosphorous to Saudi Arabia and other coalition members pending an investigation into the use of white phosphorus in Yemen.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Leigh Blackall

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