Yemen war: US won’t refuel Saudi aircraft
The US is halting refuelling of aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen, the US and Saudi Arabia said on Friday, ending one of the most divisive aspects of US assistance to the Saudi war effort.
Saudi Arabia, in a statement released by its embassy in Washington, said it has decided to request an end to US aerial refuelling for its operations in Yemen because it could now handle it by itself.
US defence secretary James Mattis backed the decision and said the US government was consulted.
The move comes at a time of international outrage over the murder of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and after Democratic and Republican lawmakers threatened to take action in Congress next week over the refuelling operations.
Critics have questioned US involvement in the war, which has killed more than 10,000 people since 2015. REUTERS