Pompeo Says Saudi, UAE Trying To Avoid Civilian Harm in Yemen

On Wednesday U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said he had certified to Congress that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are working to avoid harming civilians in Yemen, clearing the way for continued U.S. help to Saudi Arabia.

In a statement Pompeo said; he had advised Congress on Tuesday that “the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to cut the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments.”

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said he backed Pompeo’s finding that Saudi Arabia and UAE “are making every effort to cut the risk of civilian casualties and collateral damage to civilian infrastructure resulting from their military operations to end the civil war in Yemen.”

The war in Yemen pits the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, based in the south and backed by Saudi Arabia, against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls the north including the capital Sanaa.


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