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US to stop refueling planes in Yemen war: report

AFP  |  Washington 

The will stop refuelling aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Yemen, reported Saturday.

The move comes amid an 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.

The would not confirm the Post's story.

"We continue to have discussions with the Saudis. We have nothing to report at this time," said.

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." Currently, the provides refueling capabilities for about 20 percent of coalition planes flying sorties over

Mattis last month made a surprise call for a ceasefire in and urged warring parties to enter negotiations within the next 30 days.

The has now pushed that deadline back to the end of the year.

and its allies intervened in the conflict between embattled Yemeni Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, whose government is recognized by the United Nations, and the Huthis in 2015.

Nearly 10,000 people have since been killed and the country now stands at the brink of famine.

International criticism over US support for grew further following the slaying of in the

The US sees as a key ally, especially in terms of providing a counter to Iranian influence in the region.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 06:25 IST
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