Trump to resume precision munitions deliveries to Saudis

14 June, 2017, 06:31 | Author: Lorraine Moran
  • Senators Can Save Yemen From Saudi-Imposed Famine: They Must Act

The precision munitions are part of Trump's proposed $110 billion arms package to Riyadh, which the administration said would create U.S.jobs while also improving a key ally's military capability.

The bipartisan effort to block Trump's arms deal is lead by Sens.

This week, they'll get that chance when the Senate votes on my resolution to stop this weapons sale.

In a statement Monday, Sen.

A coalition of activists and USA lawmakers alarmed about Saudi Arabia's punishing war in Yemen is trying to block the Trump administration's pending $510 million weapons sale to Riyadh. Most of that sale still has to be finalized, which means Congress will have a chance to vote on many future arms sales to Saudi Arabia, too.

At the time, Schumer voted against rejecting Obama's deal. While that arms deal is still yet to be confirmed, the US sold more weapons to Saudi Arabia than any other country in the world from 2012 to 2016.

"I can list 20 reasons why I'm very concerned about giving them weapons, but one of those things also coming up this week is we're unhappy with Iran for developing ballistic missiles".

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Many lawmakers have yet to decide how to vote on the measures targeting arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Only 27 senators, four of them Republicans, supported the resolution.

According to United Nations estimates, the war in Yemen has so far cost at least 10,000 lives, and horror stories of civilian casualties continue to emerge from the conflict, including a Saudi-led bombing of a funeral in October that wounded hundreds and killed over 100.

Already, U.S. military assistance through intelligence, refueling missions, and the sale of major U.S. defense equipment has not abated the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. "They are not a reliable ally", Paul said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other senators supporting the sale said the United States can't deny its Middle East allies the weapons they need to combat Islamic State extremists and check Iran's aggression in the region.

The vote was 53-47 to defeat a resolution of disapproval that had been offered by Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, and Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat. We must also pause and ask ourselves, does providing additional weapons to the Saudis make Israel safer or more risky in the long run? "Saudi airstrikes have completely destroyed Yemen with USA -sold weapons", said Kate Kizer, from the Yemen Peace Project, one of the activist groups leading the effort.

"The United States and the global community should be focused on addressing the humanitarian disaster in Yemen and working towards a diplomatic solution instead of contributing to further military escalation through arms sales and risking their use in carrying out attacks in civilian areas", Kaine said. "We are literally sending Yemen weapons of mass starvation".

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