Ye­men war: US won’t re­fuel Saudi air­craft

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - MYINDIAMYVOTE -

WASH­ING­TON: 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

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