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Saudi coalition asks to end refueling deal with US for Yemen war

AFP  |  Dubai 

The Saudi-led coalition that is bombing has asked for the "cessation of inflight refuelling support" from the United States, a statement from the Saudi press agency said on Saturday.

The move follows a report in that the US was to end the deal, and comes amid ongoing international outcry over Saudi actions in Yemen, particularly after a string of high-profile coalition strikes that have killed scores of civilians, many of them children.

"Recently the Kingdom and the coalition has increased its capability to independently conduct inflight refuelling in Yemen," the SPA said.

"As a result, in consultation with the United States, the coalition has requested cessation of inflight refuelling support for its operations in "

Earlier, said "discussion with the Saudis" was ongoing but did not confirm the report in

in August warned that US support for the coalition was "not unconditional," noting it must do "everything humanly possible to avoid any innocent loss of life".

The has provided refuelling capabilities for about 20 per cent of coalition planes flying sorties over

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 11:15 IST