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September 01, 2016
U.S. lawmakers call for freeze on Saudi arms sale
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2016
Citing humanitarian concerns regarding Saudi Arabia's ongoing war against Houthi rebels in Yemen, U.S. lawmakers on Monday asked the White House to delay a proposed $1.15 billion weapons sale to the kingdom. The letter, signed by 64 members of Congress, asks the Obama administration to walk back the Aug. 8 approval of the sale, which would include replacing tanks destroyed in the Yemen campaign. "This military campaign has had a deeply troubling impact on civilians," the letter from Rep. ... read more

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