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Monday, August 29, 2016

60 Lawmakers Seek Delay of Billion Dollar Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia


60 Lawmakers Seek Delay of Billion Dollar Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia
BY JOHN HUDSON
AUGUST 29, 2016 

In a sign that frustration is growing in Congress over Saudi Arabia, a bipartisan group of 60 lawmakers have signed a letter seeking to delay the Obama administration’s planned sale of $1.15 billion in arms and military equipment to Riyadh.

The letter, addressed to President Barack Obama, cites the growing number of civilian casualties in Yemen caused by the Saudi-led military coalition, and the Obama administration’s failure to reign in its Arab ally.

“This military campaign has had a deeply troubling impact on civilians,” wrote the lawmakers in a draft obtained by Foreign Policy. “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 an MSF hospital in Yemen killed 11 people.”

The missive is expected to be sent to the White House on Tuesday.http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/29/60-lawmakers-seek-delay-of-billion-dollar-arms-sale-to-saudi/

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