By Sohaila Barghash
Yemen has been in a state of war for the past four years after Saudi Arabia and the UAE began backing the Yemeni government, while Iran is backing the Houthis, the militant group rebelling against the government.
The US on its part, backed the Saudi-UAE coalition, providing them with weapons used against Houthis and which led to the killing of many Yemenis.
Those attacks on civilians by the coalition is what drew widespread international condemnation, especially after the war was described “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”.
Legislators and a group of senators have called for the implementation of necessary measures to block the US’s contribution to the destructive war in Yemen.
This process was treated with great support among Democrats and a number of key Republicans, however, a veto by President Donald Trump is expected, which will most likely cause delays and high-level negotiations with the White House.
Politicians supporting the measure are confident they will be able to generate enough support in Congress to overturn a presidential veto which would force Trump to apply pressure on Saudi Arabia.
Generally speaking, the public opinion in the US has turned against the war because of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as well as the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.
The US military provided crucial aerial refuelling for Saudi-UAE jets, which were also using US-made weapons to inflict devastating attacks on Yemen.
Senator Bernie Sanders told reporters at a Capitol Hill press conference: “When Yemenis see ‘Made in USA’ on the bombs that are killing them, it tells them the United States of America is responsible for this war… This is not a message the United States should be sending to the world. The United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic Saudi regime with a dangerous and irresponsible military policy.”