WASHINGTON: Congressman Lieu has been openly rising worries over sustained US care to this union. In March, he sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, asking for “an assessment as to whether the indiscriminate nature of the coalition’s operations and the targeting of civilians have significantly changed since October”.
Politicians have moved a bilateral bill in the House of Representatives, stating grave doubts over US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and support for the Saudi operation in Yemen.
The joint bill, progressed by Democrat Ted Lieu and Republican Ted Yoho during the weekend, is a cohort to a similar legislature moved in the Senate last month.
“The United States needs to send a clear message to Saudi Arabia: the continued civilian casualties in Yemen are completely unacceptable,” said Congressman Lieu in a statement issued by his office.
“The Saudis need to do everything in their power to eliminate the risk to innocent civilians in this conflict and until they do, the US should not be supporting their military actions there,” he added.
Congressman Yoho said President Barack Obama’s “piecemeal approach to the region is not working” and asked him to stop transporting high-tech military weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Both resolves need the US management to stop supporting Saudi military actions in Yemen and bound arms provisions to the country until the Saudis take “all feasible precautions” to defend non-combatants and help the movement of critical charitable aid to Yemen.
In September, he sent another memo to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, saying that the US “cease aiding coalition air strikes in Yemen until the coalition demonstrates that they will institute proper safeguards to prevent civilian deaths”.
Congressman Yoho alleged that Saudi actions in Yemen allowed extremists to cut out a 340-mile territory on the country’s southern coast, where they now collects taxes.
“We must make sure that Saudi military action is actually targeting terrorist groups, protecting civilian populations [and] facilitating humanitarian aid in their military actions in Yemen,” Congressman Yoho said in his statement.