Trump’s State Department has approved weapons sales to Saudi Arabia that the Obama administration blocked, Independent reports.
The Obama administration sold the Saudis over $100 billion in weapons during his administration.
The sale of a multi-million dollar precision targeting technology to Saudi Arabia was blocked by Obama towards the end of his administration, but will now likely resume
Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen with a brutal bombing campaign. The Saudis see the Houthis as an Iranian proxy, and the Obama administration supported the Saudi war against the poorest country in the region as it sought to diffuse tensions with Iran.
An annual report by UN experts said the Saudi-led bombings “may amount to war crimes.” The bombing campaign would be impossible without American supplies.
The weapons are expected to be used by the Saudis at least in part to continue its war in Yemen, which routinely targets civilians at weddings, schools, hospitals and funerals. At least 10,000 people have died during a civil war in Yemen between Houthi rebels, deposed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, American-supported Gulf forces and tribal fighters. Yemen is on the verge of famine as a result of that has unleashed a humanitarian crisis on the impoverished country.
The White House still needs to approve of the deal.
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