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Yemen conflict: Pentagon backs Saudi decision to refuel aircraft on its own

IANS  |  Washington 

US announced that the backed Saudi Arabia's decision to use the Saudi-led coalition's own military capabilities to refuel aircraft engaged in

"We support the decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after consultations with the US government, to use the coalition's own military capabilities to conduct inflight refuelling in support of its operations in Yemen," Mattis said in a statement released on Friday night.

has decided to request an end to US aerial refuelling for its operations in since the Kingdom can now manage this by itself, a statement released by earlier in the day said.

The Saudi statement came hours after the US media reported that the had decided to end the air refuelling flights, a decision originally expected to be announced in the coming days, reports Xinhua news agency

The Saudi move came amid an ongoing investigation on the murder of Saudi Jamal Khashoggi, which has stirred international society and drawn criticism from US lawmakers who threatened to take action next week over the refuelling operations.

is leading an Arab military coalition that intervened in in March 2015 to support the government of after the Houthi rebels forced him into exile.

The was refuelling about 20 per cent of coalition planes flying sorties over Yemen.



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 14:52 IST