U.S. Congress votes to cease support for Saudi war against Yemen

The U.S. Congress voted on Thursday a resolution urging the White House to cease military support for Saudi Arabia in the war against Yemen.

With 247 votes in favour and 175 against, the House of Representatives has passed a resolution urging the Administration of US President Donald Trump to “withdraw the Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen” within 30 days.

“Today we take a clear stand against war and famine, and in favor of the war powers of Congress by voting to end our complicity in the war in Yemen,” said Democratic Congressman Bernie Sanders, author of the resolution and presidential hopeful for 2020.

Earlier, the Trump administration had warned that it would veto any attempt by Congress to impose limitations on U.S. assistance to Saudi Arabia and its allies in the war against Yemen.

“The president will have to face the reality that Congress will no longer ignore its constitutional foreign policy obligations,” said Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee.

The passage of that Democrat-controlled House comes almost a month after the Republican-majority Upper House (the Senate) also voted to end U.S. support for Saudi aggression against Yemen.

The historic vote in both houses of the U.S. Congress comes amid international outrage over Riyadh’s role in the October 2 assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

U.S. logistical and armament support to Saudi Arabia provokes criticism worldwide, as the military intervention of Riyadh has plunged the Yemenis into a catastrophic situation, leaving more than 60,000 civilians dead in the poorest country in the Arab world.

For their part, the Yemeni authorities denounce the backing of the US and other Western countries for the aggression by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, which began in March 2015, and state that if it were not for the support of the West for Riyadh there would have been no war in their country.

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