Sen. Bernie Sanders was among those welcoming the White House announcement Thursday that the U.S. will limit its role in the Saudi-led war on Yemen by ending support for \u0022offensive operations,\u0022 with the Vermont Independent calling the development \u0022a tribute to the work of so many activists over the years.\u0022\u0022Yemen needs food, medicine, and healthcare—not bombs and blockades,\u0022 the senator tweeted.In a statement, Sanders pointed to the legislative effort he undertook three years ago along with Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah ) to end U.S. participation in the bombing campaign of Yemen—now in its sixth year—as well as sustained activism by peace advocates.\u0022For many years, activists in Yemen and around the world have worked to bring an end to the devastating Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has led to the world\u0026#039;s worst humanitarian crisis,\u0022 said Sanders.\u0022In 2018,\u0022 he continued, \u0022I helped lead an effort to pass the first War Powers Resolution in history, calling for the United States to end its unauthorized participation in that war.\u0022President Joe Biden also announced Thursday that career diplomat Timothy Lenderking would serve as special envoy to Yemen, which was also welcomed by Sanders.Today\u0026#039;s announcement that the White House will end military support for the Saudi-led war in the Yemen war is a tribute to the work of so many activists over the years.Yemen needs food, medicine, and health care—not bombs and blockades. pic.twitter.com/TllHHnK93z— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 4, 2021\u0022Today\u0026#039;s announcement by President Biden that the United States will end support for offensive operations in the Yemen war, and his naming of a Special Envoy to help resolve this conflict and bring aid and reconstruction to Yemen, are important steps,\u0022 said Sanders, \u0022and a tribute to the work of so many activists over the years.\u0022At his Thursday speech at the State Department, Biden said that in addition to a halt on support for offensive operations, the U.S. would end \u0022relevant arms sales\u0022 and back a ceasefire effort to help end what he called a \u0022humanitarian and strategic catastrophe.\u0022As the Associated Press reported,The ending of U.S. support for the offensive will not affect any U.S. operations against the Yemen-based al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, group, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said. [...]While withdrawing support for Saudi offensive operations in Yemen, the Biden administration said it intends to help the kingdom boost its defenses against any further attacks from Yemen\u0026#039;s Houthis or outside adversaries. The assurance is seen as part of an effort to persuade Saudi Arabia and other combatants to end the conflict overall.Despite such caveats to Thursday\u0026#039;s announcement, MPower Change campaign director Sijal Nasralla said in a statement that it still represents \u0022a real, monumental victory.\u0022\u0022We celebrate this massive step forward even knowing that under the war on terror, the United States will still have carte blanche to bomb Yemen, even if the immense suffering from this particular campaign ends,\u0022 he said. \u0022We also know that we must end the forever wars, and the Authorization for Use of Military Force that legally powers it.\u0022Like Sanders, Nasralla gave a \u0022massive thank you\u0022 to international peace activists \u0022who began the effort under the Obama administration, kept it up under Trump, and have brought us to this moment under Biden.\u0022\u0022Let\u0026#039;s remember,\u0022 he said, that \u0022this coalition effort saw one of the only real votes in Congress in decades to curb U.S. imperialism,\u0022 referring to Sanders\u0026#039; war powers resolution. \u0022Trump vetoed it then, but it helped lay the groundwork for this moment.\u0022Nasralla called for continued pressure \u0022to push the U.S. to end all of its forever wars.\u0022In a statement last month Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Yemeni-American and an assistant professor at Michigan State University, urged the new administration to ensure that a full end to U.S. complicity in the war.\u0022I call on President Biden to end every aspect of this war,\u0022 Al-Adeimi said. \u0022One day, Yemenis will have a chance to pick up the pieces and chart their own course, free of international meddling and intervention.”U.S. support for the war, which began under the Obama-Biden administration, has been linked to alleged war crimes in Yemen.The United Nations has repeatedly warned that Yemen has been pushed to the brink of famine, and considers the country the world\u0026#039;s worst humanitarian crisis. The war has killed, directly or indirectly, an estimated 230,000 Yemenis, the U.N. says.