US senators have introduced 22 resolutions to fight against a draft of planned arms sales to Saudi regime after the US President Donald Trump said he was circumventing Congress to push them through.

Iran Press/America: The White House said last month it was making an emergency provision within the country’s arms control law to enable the sale of $8.1 billion worth of arms to the kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, respectively the US’s allies in the Persian Gulf. 

On Sunday, The Hill, which reports on congressional affairs, said the Trump administration had cited “alleged threats from Iran” to justify resorting to the provision. The paper, however, added that senators had introduced 22 resolutions -- one for each sale -- over the previous week to block the deals, Press TV reported.

The sales include warplane engines, maintenance equipment, Paveway precision guided munitions and mortar rounds. The arms deals also foresee setting up of facilities in the kingdom that would manufacture the precision munitions. The UAE would also be receiving Paveway smart bombs and laser-guided rockets as well as helicopter equipment among other things.

Tens of thousands have died since the onset of the war, and the entire Yemen has been pushed close to the edge of outright famine.

A year after the Yemen war was launched, Trump made his maiden foreign visit to Saudi Arabia, announcing more than $100 billion in arms sales to the kingdom. 205/214

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