America helped the Saudis kill thousands of Yemeni civilians: US senator
A top US senator has slammed his country for its involvement in the bloody conflict in Yemen and said America helped the Saudis kill thousands of Yemeni civilians.
Iran Press/America: Referring to the disappearance of the prominent Saudi journalist, senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, wrote on twitter on Friday, "I’m as outraged about Kashoggi as anyone. But for the last two years the United States has HELPED the Saudis kill thousands of Yemeni civilians, including scores of children, with impunity."
I’m as outraged about #Kashoggi as anyone.
But for the last two years the United States has HELPED the Saudis kill thousands of Yemeni civilians, including scores of children, with impunity.
Isn’t that worse? Like much worse?
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 12, 2018
Member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee had introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriation bill, aimed to cut off US support for the Saudi-led coalition war in Yemen.
The amendment introduced after an airstrike in Yemen conducted by a Saudi Arabian-led coalition on August 9 left 40 children dead, and blocked by Republican senators.
US lawmakers have increasingly expressed concern about the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen. The war in Yemen has been raging since 2015.
The US has provided Saudi Arabia with refueling, weapons, and advice for its campaign in Yemen that the UN said has killed thousands of civilians. Those deaths have been largely blamed on airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition.
US president, Donald Trump has strengthened ties with the Persian Gulf nation since taking office, making it his first foreign visit as US president and signing a major arms deal. On Thursday, he said blocking arms sales to the country would hurt the US and “would not be acceptable to me,” a day after pronouncing relations with Saudi Arabia were “excellent.”
Now, Jamal Khashoggi's suspicious disappearance is testing the US-Saudi alliance as Donald Trump is facing mounting pressure to react more forcefully to the disappearance of Saudi journalist.
Senators from both parties have called for Trump to invoke sanctions against Saudi officials under the Magnitsky Act, legislation initially designed to punish Russia for killing a lawyer who exposed corruption, if their involvement in the alleged murder of Khashoggi is confirmed.
Khashoggi, was shown walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. As his fiancée waited outside for hours, he never reappeared. He has not been seen since.
Turkish authorities have since said they have explicit audio recordings and video footage showing evidence of Khashoggi's murder, including the moment he was killed, according to media reports.