US Senate to vote Wednesday ending support of Saudi-Yemen war

Washington (Debriefer)
2019-03-13 | Since 2 Month

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The US Senate is set to vote on Wednesday to end Washington's support for Saudi Arabia in the ongoing war in Yemen as lawmakers pressured President Donald Trump to tighten his policy toward Riyadh.

Senator Bernie Sanders, one of the sponsors of the resolution, along with Republican Senator Mike Lee,o onTuesday described the war as a humanitarian and strategic disaster.

In February, the US House of Representatives approved a war power resolution calling on the United States to end military support for Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military coalition to support the Yemen's internationally recognized government in its war against the Iranian-backed Houthis group (Ansar Allah).

The House voted 248-177 to end US military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Wednesday's vote is the Senate's second vote on the war powers resolution in four months, but the law will be in effect only if approved by US President Donald Trump, who has close ties to the Saudi regime.

The United States Army have provided logistical and intelligence support to the Saudi-led Arab military coailtion in Yemen since late March 2015 in the war against the Iranian-backed Houthis, including Aerial refueling, before Riyadh and Washington announced a halt to refueling last November.

The United States is also launching air strikes by drons on al-Qaeda and ISIS elements in the poor country.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has announced that it will use its veto against an attempt in Congress to end US military support for Saudi Arabia and its coalition.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthis seen as proxy for Iran in the Arab Peninsula country.

The conflict has left hundreds of thousands killed or injured and 3 million displaced, pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis,according to the UN, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

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