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US Congress Can Help Curb Saudi War Crimes in Yemen


In June, 47 US senators voted to block the sale of precision-guided bombs worth US$510 million to Saudi Arabia. While the effort fell three votes short of passing, it sent a strong signal: US support for Saudi Arabia and its military campaign in Yemen is strong, but not unshakable. And Congress was rightly concerned that Saudi Arabia and the coalition it leads against Houthi-Saleh forces in Yemen has repeatedly carried out airstrikes against homes, markets, and schools, killing and maiming thousands of civilians in violation of the laws of war.

This provided a stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s message barely a month earlier in Riyadh, when he praised the coalition’s “strong action” in Yemen, and offered the Saudi’s US$110 billion in arms deals.

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