Senate Ends US Assistance to Saudis in Yemen


Shomudro Gupta, Staff

Recently, the Senate voted to end U.S. military assistance for the Saudi-Arabian conflict in Yemen.

The vote was 56-to-41, being orchestrated as a move against the nearly four-year conflict in Yemen as well as a rebuke of Saudi-Arabian prominence in the conflict in the wake of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death. Soon after this resolution, another resolution was unanimously upheld to hold Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the death of Khashoggi in the wake of CIA findings. President Trump’s response to Khashoggi’s death drew ire and downright scorn, given his justification of preserving the U.S.-Saudi alliance to combat growing Iranian influence in the Middle East. This set of news comes after a demand was made for a Yemeni ceasefire a month ago, which eventually fell through due to multiple parties (U.S., U.N., etc.) floundering and eventually backing out of the deal.