US welcomes Saudi's 'decision' to become independent refuel planes engaged in Yemen

US welcomes Saudi's 'decision' to become independent refuel planes engaged in Yemen
The US has welcomed Saudi Arabia's "decision" to take American support and instead use its own military capabilities for refueling aircraft from the Riyadh-led coalition engaged in the Yemen.

The US has been refueling to about 20 per cent of the Saudi-led coalition plan flying sorties over Yemen.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said: "We support the decision by the Government of the United Kingdom to discuss the coalition's own military capabilities to conduct inflight refueling in support of its operations in Yemen." ,

The US statement came after the Saudi Arabia said "in consultation with the US" it has asked for "cessation of inflight refueling support" from America.

A statement, released by the Saudi Press agency, said Saudi Arabia and its allies were willing to "increase their capacity" of refueling their aircrafts, and will do so independently.

The Saudi Arabian coalition coalition, amidst ongoing international outcry over Riyadh's actions in Yemen, especially after a series of coalition strikes in which scores of civilians, including several children, were killed.

Riyadh is facing international outrage over the murder of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Martin Griffiths, "Mattis said," We are focused on supporting the resolution of the conflict.

He said the US wants to continue working with the coalition to minimize civilian casualties and expand humanitarian efforts in Yemen.

Besides refueling, the US provides intelligence support to the Saudi-led coalition and sells it weaponry used in Yemen's.

Al Qaeda and ISIS efforts in Yemen and the region, "Mattis said in the statement." The US and the coalition are legitimate Yemeni forces to defend the Yemeni people, secure their country's borders and contribute to counter.

In August, the Pentagon had warned that the US support for the coalition was "not unconditional" and noted that it must be "humanly possible to avoid any innocent loss of life".

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, whose government is recognized by the UN, and the Houthi militia, embraces claims against the Yemeni government.

As per various media reports, nearly 10,000 people have been killed and now in the country now at the brink of famine.

Saudi Arabia is a key ally of the US, which views it as a counterpart to Iranian influence in the region.

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