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STATEMENT: Remembering Sammad, the icon of the Yemeni struggle

In remembrance of Saleh Al-Sammad, the progressive icon of the Yemeni struggle for freedom.


On April 19th, 2018, whilst inspecting the port city of Hodeidah accompanied by his loyal guardsmen, Saleh Ali Al-Sammad was brutally murdered in a joint US/UAE airstrike on his convoy, killing him and his bodyguards.

The news of Al-Sammad’s killing shocked the Yemeni people and much of the world, fearing a potential escalation in the deadly conflict that, at the time, had already killed hundreds of thousands of people.

Al-Sammad is renowned for putting his people first before his own priorities. He never owned a house of his own and would always live in rented apartments throughout his tenure as president of the Republic. His work towards Yemeni agricultural & industrial independence can be seen all over Yemen today, with farmers harvesting cereal and factories producing common goods for the people – despite the blockade, the daily airstrikes and the daily terror.

Al-Sammad was an icon of the Yemeni struggle for freedom. He leaves behind a visible and recognizable legacy supported by millions of working-class people, much like Fidel Castro or Che Guevara. The Yemen Solidarity Council would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the Yemeni people on today’s occasion.

Released by the Executive Committee of the
Yemen Solidarity Council – April 19th, 2021