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Saudi-coalition asks to end US refueling in Yemen war

"Recently the Kingdom and the coalition has increased its capacity to independently conduct in-flight refuelling in Yemen," the SPA said.


Devdiscourse News Desk washington Last Updated at 10-11-2018 15:29:41 IST
Saudi-coalition asks to end US refueling in Yemen war
  • Earlier, Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Rebecca Rebarich said: "discussion with the Saudis" was ongoing but did not confirm the report in the Post. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Yemen has asked for the "cessation of in-flight refuelling support" from the United States, a statement from the Saudi press agency said on Saturday.

The move follows a report in the Washington Post that the US was to end the deal, and comes amid ongoing international outcry over Saudi actions in Yemen, particularly after a string of high-profile coalition strikes that have killed scores of civilians, many of them children.

"Recently the Kingdom and the coalition has increased its capacity to independently conduct in-flight refuelling in Yemen," the SPA said.

"As a result, in consultation with the United States, the coalition has requested cessation of in-flight refuelling support for its operations in Yemen."

Earlier, Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Rebecca Rebarich said: "discussion with the Saudis" was ongoing but did not confirm the report in the Post.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis in August warned that US support for the coalition was "not unconditional," noting it must do "everything humanly possible to avoid any innocent loss of life".

The Pentagon has provided refuelling capabilities for about 20 per cent of coalition planes flying sorties over Yemen.

(With inputs from agencies.)


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