Saudi coali­tion in Ye­men, un­der pres­sure, ends U.S. refueling

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

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.

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