US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Persian Gulf Affairs Timothy Lenderking said on Sunday that Washington's backing for the Saudi war is "necessary" and that its discontinuation "sends a wrong message", Middle East News reported.
"We do believe that the support for the coalition is necessary. It sends a wrong message if we discontinue our support," Lenderking told a security forum in the UAE.
“Obviously there are pressures in our system ... to either withdraw from the conflict or discontinue our support of the coalition, which we are strongly opposed to on the administration side,” he added.
The US Senate voted to advance a resolution calling for an end to US military support for the Riyadh-led coalition, including arms sales and intelligence sharing. It came in the wake of the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in early October.
Also, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a resolution Wednesday throwing Senate support behind the finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) was "complicit" in the death of Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.
Official UN figures say that more than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led bombing campaign began in March 2015. But the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) believes that at least 56,000 people have lost their lives in the war. The violence has also left around two-thirds of Yemen’s population of 27 million relying on aid amid an ongoing strict naval and aerial blockade. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.
Save the Children, a charity, has reported that more than 84,700 children under the age of five may have starved to death in Yemen since the Saudi regime and a coalition of its allies launched the brutal war on the already-impoverished nation.
Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in need and is seeing a spike in needs, fuelled by ongoing conflict, a collapsing economy and diminished social services and livelihoods.
A number of Western countries, the US, the UK, and France in particular, are accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.
an Oxfam representative stated that the US, UK, and French governments are behind millions of people starving in Yemen because they are “supporting this war".
“We have 14 million people starving,” Richard Stanforth, Oxfam UK’s regional policy officer for the Middle East, told RT, adding that "British, French, American governments are all behind this, they are all supporting this war".
A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.