>> The US is scaling back a measure of controversial support to the Saudi-led coalition that is battling Houthi insurgents in Yemen. Washington confirming Saturday that it will no longer refuel aircraft for the coalition, halting a divisive aspect of US support in the near four year war that has killed more than 10,000, displaced over two million, and has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.
>> But you know that WHP is feeding between six and eight million people every month. Six to eight million people, the number is amazing. That's the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. That's the worst food security crisis in the world.>> Critics of the Saudi campaign, including Democrats who won control of the House in the recent midterm elections, have long questioned any US involvement in the war and had threatened to take action in Congress in the coming week over the refueling operations.
The coordinated decision by Washington and Riyadh to end the refueling program may be timed to avoid any such congressional interference. The US has called for ceasefire but is providing some intelligence support to the Saudi-led group, as well as weapon sales used in the Yemen war.>>