>> President Obama cutting back military support for Saudi Arabia airstrike on Yemen amid growing outrage against the spiraling civilian death toll in the two year old civil war. Officials telling Reuters the US will scrap a planned arm sale in response to the rising bloodshed as the Saudis back Yemen's government in its fight against Houthi rebels supported by Iran.
Deputy Foreign Policy Editor Yara Biyumi is on the story.>> A senior administration official who we spoke to said that there was systemic and endemic problems with the way in which Saudi Arabia was carrying out the air strikes in Yemen.>> In October the Saudi led coalition struck mourners at a funeral in Yemen's capital Sana'a, killing 140 people.
>> This planned arm sale, which was specifically related to precision guided missiles we understand within the hundreds of millions of dollars. The arms sales are the most obvious form of military support that the United States provides for the Saudi's. But there is also intelligence sharing, and there is also training and there is also refuelling.
While they have halted this arms sale, the U.S. administration has said that it is not stopping refueling. And of course the refueling of the Saudi-led coalition jets is what ultimately allows these airstrikes to take place.>> The United Nations blaming the Saudi coalition for roughly 60% of the more than 3000 civilians killed since March 2015.
Riyadh says it has tried to limit civilian casualties. But rights groups say the Saudi led attacks on clinics, schools, and markets, could amount to war crimes.