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The US Government’s halt to arm sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen is a step in the right direction

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In reaction to the US limiting its military support to Saudi Arabia’s military intervention campaign in Yemen, Oxfam Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Scott Paul, made the following statement:

“The Obama administration has made a wise decision to suspend the sale of guided munitions kits to Saudi Arabia. As a result, new US hardware will not be used to strike Yemeni civilian infrastructure and public gatherings, such as schools, hospitals, weddings and funerals.

“With food supplies running out and seven million Yemeni people on the verge of famine, we hope this decision pushes the parties of the Yemen war to return to the negotiating table and agree on an urgent ceasefire. While limiting military support is a key step, aerial refueling and other forms of assistance continue to enable and legitimize the war.

“Unless the conflict comes to an immediate end, we hope President Obama withdraws US support to the Saudi-led coalition before his Administration leaves office. Passing on the responsibility of this horrible crisis to his successor would tarnish his legacy.”

                                                                                   

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