On Tuesday June 13, in a rare vote on legislation to block an arms sale, the Senate voted 53-47 against blocking a $510 million sale of precision guided munitions and related military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The vote occurred amid growing criticism from members of Congress regarding U.S. support for a Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen’s civil war that began over two years ago. The U.S. has played a key role in facilitating the intervention, providing the coalition intelligence and logistical support, and arming coalition states with tens of billions of dollars worth of advanced weaponry since the start of the intervention.
Last week, 41 peace and human rights organizations sent a letter to the Senate encouraging senators to oppose to the munitions sale. According to Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, one of the organizations signed onto the letter, “in voting to greenlight the sale of more bombs to the Saudi Arabia, the Senate effectively endorsed the kingdom’s brutal tactics in its disastrous intervention in Yemen.”
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