US ends refuelling support in Yemen war as pressure builds on Saudi Arabia

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US ends refuelling support in Yemen war as pressure builds on Saudi Arabia

US ends refuelling support in Yemen war as pressure builds on Saudi Arabia
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Reuters | Updated: Nov 10, 2018, 17:48 PM IST
Saudi Arabia and the United States have agreed to end US refuelling of aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi insurgents in Yemen, halting a divisive aspect of US support to a war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

The move, announced by the coalition on Saturday and confirmed by Washington, comes at a time when Riyadh, already under scrutiny for civilian deaths in Yemen air strikes, is facing global furore and potential sanctions over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate on October 2.

The United States and Britain late last month called for a ceasefire in Yemen to support UN-led efforts to end the nearly four-year-long war that has killed more than 10,000 people and triggered the world`s most urgent humanitarian crisis.

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