International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

The US Knew Helping Saudis in Yemen Could be a War Crime

After another billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia was approved this past week, “renewed scrutiny” of a similar deal made last year has surfaced. On Monday, Reuters published a report on last year’s deal made by the Obama administration, “despite warnings that it could implicate the US in war crimes.

On Saturday, Saudi led airstrikes in Yemen killed at least 140 people. This “prompted” a review by the US on its support of the Saudi Arabia’s efforts. US National Security Council spokesman stated regarding Saturday’s airstrikes that US support of Saudi Arabia is not a ‘blank check’. The US did press Saudis to limit civilian damage and “provided lists” of areas not to bomb. However, government lawyers “stopped short of concluding” that US support would fund Saudi war crimes because it could open the US to accountability.

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