The US has suspended the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, in response to the Sunni kingdom's aerial war against Shi'ite rebels in Yemen.
A US-based Foreign Policy magazine, last week quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying that a hold was placed on such shipments following reports that the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels used the controversial munitions in civilian areas, Voice of America reported.
According to the report, the suspension includes CBU-105 cluster bombs manufactured by the US-based firm Textron Systems.
The US move comes just weeks after the rights organization Human Rights Watch published a report detailing the use of cluster bombs near civilian areas in Yemen, located on the southern end of the Arabian peninsula.
That report builds on HRW claims in 2015 that the Saudi-led coalition used cluster rockets in at least seven attacks in Yemen's northwestern Hajja governate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians.
HRW advocacy director Mary Wareham told Voice of America that Yemeni villagers were collecting unexploded cluster cannisters and turning them over to HRW researchers, who then visited target areas to collect their own evidence.
It said those bombs hit targets in at least four different locations in the war-torn country.
The United Nations says 6,500 people have been killed in the fighting, including more than 3,200 civilians.
Saudi Arabia-led coalition has used different types of cluster munitions manufactured by US, UK and Brazil in their attack in Yemen, according to
Missiles are reportedly fired by Saudi Arabian coalition aircraft and struck the al Noor Center for Care and Rehabilitation of the Blind in Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Saudi Arabia after the Saturday mass execution of 47 people, it is now leading a bombing campaign in Yemen
Even as fresh civilian deaths were reported in a Saudi Arabian attack on Yemen, the Pentagon has approved the sale of up to 153 tanks, hundreds of machine guns and other military gear in a deal worth $1.15 billion to the country
Saudi Arabia is set to receive 100 VAB Mk3 6X6 armored personnel carriers and 100 Sherpa light tactical vehicles for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) it ordered from France. The armored vehicles are part of a $3 billion package from to Lebanon
State Bank of India (SBI) has been named in a 'Hall of Shame' list of 158 banking and financial institutions globally that have invested billions of dollars in companies making cluster bombs. SBI, the only Indian entity joins the list of global giants like JP Morgan, Barclays, Bank of America and Credit Suisse that invested over $28 billion in seven producers of cluster munitions between June 2012 and April 2016, PTI reported citing a report by Dutch campaign group PAX
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