Senate passes resolution to end USA involvement in Yemen's civil war

Senate passes resolution to end USA involvement in Yemen's civil war

Activists take part in a rally in front of the White House in Washington, DC, to protest against Saudi Arabia's actions in Yemen, on April 13, 2017.

The US Senate on Wednesday voted to pass a resolution to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Seven Republicans broke with Trump to support the resolution, which was co-sponsored by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT)-recently signed a separate pledge to "end the forever war". Susan Collins of Maine, Steve Daines of Montana, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Todd Young of Indiana.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdel-Salam described the vote as a "positive step" since the USA endorsement to the coalition merely "prolongs the conflict and the humanitarian crisis".

The United States provides weapons and refueling to the Saudi coalition.

"The United States Congress is going to reassert its constitutional responsibility over issues of war that have been abdicated for presidents, Democrats and Republicans, for too many years", Sanders said.

In astatementbefore Wednesday's vote, the White House said it "strongly opposes" the resolution and suggested Trump will veto the measure if it passes the House. However, the White House has stated that if the resolution were to land on US President Donald Trump's desk, he would veto it. The resolution requires the president to withdraw any U-S troops in or affecting Yemen within 30 days.

The Saudi-led war, which at times targeted civilian facilities and prevented aid shipments from getting to Yemenis, had been faulted by human rights organizations for exacerbating what the United Nations called the world's "worst humanitarian catastrophe".

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had pleaded with colleagues not to pull the reins right now.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT hailed the outcome.

The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure mandating the withdrawal of US forces from the Saudi/UAE-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The West, including the USA, has provided the coalition with billions of dollars in arms, in addition to logistical support.

"Peace envoys are telling us they want deeper USA engagement in this situation", Risch said in a statement following the vote.

The measure now goes to the House, which approved a very similar measure earlier this year, to be passed again. Five years of fighting has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis in the country. A handful of Republicans back then offered their support for the measure-or at least wouldn't block it from moving to a floor vote-because of their disgust with MbS and with the Trump administration for defending the Saudis and refusing to enact meaningful consequences for Khashoggi's murder.

"We are made weaker in the eyes of the world when we willingly participate in war crimes, when we allow our partners to engage in the slaughter of innocents", Murphy said.

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