Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Congress Declares US Military Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War Unauthorized

Congress Declares US Military Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War Unauthorized

Girls react as they stand near their damaged house at the site of a Saudi-led airstrike near Yemen's Defense Ministry complex in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. A young girl had her face painted half black, half white - her red flowered veil completing the colours of Yemen's national flag.

While the language of the resolution calls to "increase efforts to adopt all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent civilian casualties and increase humanitarian access", it does not call for an end to USA support of the Saudi-led coaltion attacking Yemen. For ports in rebel-held or disputed territories, such as the city of Hodeida, the mission said it has asked the U.N.to send a team of experts to discuss ways to make sure weapons can't be smuggled in. Saleh al-Samad, the head of the Huthi political council, demanded that the coalition end its blockade on Yemen - where both parties in the conflict stand accused of neglecting civilian safety.

The blockade "is complicating what is already a catastrophic situation", McGoldrick said.

According to Politico, the resolution "publicly acknowledges the Pentagon has been sharing targeting information and refueling warplanes that Saudi Arabia and other allies are using to attack Houthi rebels".

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Greeting the Patriarch upon arrival had been Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, Lebanon's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abdel Sattar Issa, and Saudi and Lebanese dignitaries.

The U.N. children's agency UNICEF had only three weeks of vaccine supplies left in Yemen, and both UNICEF and the World Health Organization had shipments of essential medicines and vaccines blocked in Djibouti, McGoldrick said.

The UN aid agencies said the coalition's move to ease the siege was not enough, and warned of mass starvation and health catastrophes in Yemen's north. The port is crucial to United Nations aid efforts, as it is a central valve for a significant portion of Yemenis in need.

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