The United States has reached a decision in limiting arms deals with Saudi Arabia, as a result of increased remarks regarding their military strategies that they have been partaking in Yemen, which has led to several civilian casualties.
Renovation regarding the training of Saudi Arabia’s air force has been called for, so as to assist in progressing their accuracy and avoid future unnecessary civilian deaths.
The Saudi participation in the war in Yemen, which has prolonged to about 20 months as of now, has received wide criticism from humanitarian groups and the Obama administration, as over 10,000 people have died, and extreme cases of food shortages have sprouted up.
This decision could possibly alter Saudi-U.S. ties, as doubts may arise towards the last month of President Obama’s presidency, and may deem to be harder to retain in the transition of Trump’s presidency that will begin on January 20th. Yemen’s civil war was arbitrated by Saudi Arabia since March 2015, who have performed numerous air strikes and sent ground troops to battle the Houthi rebels.
Saudi Arabia claims it has strives in reducing civilian losses, and human rights organizations have expressed their concern over the destruction of schools, markets and clinics, saying these actions qualify as numerous incidents for war crimes, in which Saudi Arabia responded to this matter by both negating these claims, and added that were active in these specific areas.
A representative from the Obama administration stated that it is precisely because of these incidents that they have decided in going along with the decision in putting forth a restriction with ‘precision-guided munitions.’ A stronger effort in concentrating more on the matter regarding Saudi’s security along their borders has been brought up by the United States, saying that Saudi land has been more vulnerable to attacks by the Houthi rebels. As of now, no response or statements have been released by the Saudi Arabian embassy.