Saudi coalition in Yemen, under pressure, ends U.S. refueling
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Saturday it had “requested cessation of inflight refueling” by the U.S. for its fighter jets after American officials said they would stop the operations amid growing anger over civilian casualties from the airstrikes.
The decision by the U.S. to pull out also comes amid outrage by U.S. lawmakers from both political parties over the Oct. 2 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
It wasn’t clear what impact the U.S. withdrawal from air refueling operations would have.
Saudi Arabia has faced criticism over its campaign of airstrikes in the coalition’s war in Yemen, targeting Shiite rebels known as Houthis who hold the capital, Sanaa.