60 US lawmakers want planned arms sale to S Arabia delayed

A bipartisan group of 60 American lawmakers has penned a letter to President Barack Obama seeking to delay the planned sale of $1.15 billion in arms and other military gear to Saudi Arabia, according to a report.

The letter cites the growing number of civilian casualties in Yemen caused by the Saudi military aggression there.

“This military campaign has had a deeply troubling impact on civilians,” lawmakers wrote in a draft obtained by Foreign Policy magazine.

“Just in the last several days, a Saudi airstrike on a school in Yemen killed 10 children — some as young as 6 years old — and a Saudi airstrike on a [Médecins Sans Frontières] hospital in Yemen killed 11 people,” the letter said.

Yemen has seen almost daily military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March 2015. The offensive was launched to crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate the resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.

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