United States senators have introduced a legislation seeking suspension of weapon sales to Saudi Arabia over the death of a Saudi journalist at a consulate in Turkey and for its role in Yemen's devastating civil war.
The Bill would also impose sanctions on anyone blocking humanitarian access in Yemen and anyone supporting Houthis in Yemen, Middle East Eye reported Thursday.
Earlier on Thursday, the Senate rejected a measure to block US arms sales to Bahrain over the island kingdom’s involvement in the war in Yemen.
On Wednesday, the Republican majority in the House managed to block a Democrat-sponsored resolution to end Washington's support for Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen by advancing a bill to remove gray wolves from the protected species list.
Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna had invoked the 1973 War Powers Act in introducing the resolution, which gave the measure a "privileged" status, allowing it to bypass the various committees that bills normally go through in Congress.
Khanna's resolution was stripped of the status when House Republicans voted to strip gray wolves of federal protection.
"There's not a single American who wouldn't want the violence to end," Khanna said.
Sierra Nevada Corp won a $23 million modification contract to upgrade two Saudi Arabian King Air 350 extended range aircraft. The upgrade includes equipping the aircraft with intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance/synthetic aperture radar capability; one transportable ground station; one fixed ground station; and one mission system trainer, the US DoD announced in a statement on Wednesday
Germany announced a freeze in arms sales approvals to Saudi Arabia and urged its fellow European Union members to do the same over Riyadhs admittance that its security team killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier told ZDF television that the German government would not approve any new arms sales to Saudi Arabia and would urge other EU member states to follow this example
Germany has approved the delivery of four artillery positioning systems for Saudi Arabian armored vehicles despite a commitment not to export arms to countries fighting Yemen war. The decision to greenlight the export order was given by Economy Minister Peter Altmaier in a letter he provided to a parliamentary committee
An American trainer has been killed and a Saudi trainee injured when a Boeing AH6i helicopter crashed during a training mission in Riyadh Thursday. Citing a military statement the Saudi Press Agency said the crash of a Boeing AH6i attack helicopter happened at Khashm Al-An Airport in the Saudi capital
Germany and the UK are at loggerheads over the former blocking the export of MBDAs Meteor long range air-to-air missile for use on Saudi Arabias Eurofighter Typhoons. Berlin is understood to have blocked the sale citing German-made components in the missile as it is opposed to Saudi Arabias use of the Meteor-mounted Typhoons in the Yemen conflict and over the Jamal Khashoggi affair
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