Houthis hail US vote on Saudi-coalition support

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The U.S. Senate defied President Donald Trump Wednesday and voted to cut off support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen.

Trump's support for Saudi Arabia has been a point of tension with Congress since the killing of USA -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi previous year.

In its statement threatening a veto, the White House argued that the premise of the resolution is flawed, and that it would undermine the fight against extremism.

The resolution would alienate allies, McConnell said, as the US faces, "real threats from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula".

Yemen's conflict erupted in 2014, when the Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, forcing the internationally recognized government to flee overseas.

Yemeni Houthi militants expressed support to the United States decision to cease all endorsement to the Saudi-led coalition. The Trump administration has been providing Yemen with intelligence and other support.

The war in Yemen which began in 2015 and has left thousands of Yemenis dead and millions more starving.

USA activities in Yemen began in March 2015.

The agreement was meant to ensure smooth passage of aid through Hodeida, a strategic gateway for relief, into Yemen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Republican Sen.

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"Twice we've seen these clear expressions of the will of Congress push forward the peace process in very concrete ways", said Layla E. Picard.

"Today, we begin the process of reclaiming our constitutional power by ending USA involvement in a war that has not been authorized by Congress and is clearly unconstitutional", Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president in 2020 and is a sponsor of the measure, said on the Senate floor.

The 1973 law was supposed to provide a check on the growing number of worldwide military entanglements presidents committed the U.S.to, without actually seeking a war declaration or other authorization from Congress. "But positive engagement from the U.S.is crucial".

In this February 12, 2018, photo, Saudi-led coalition forces are seen in Yemen.

He said frustration with Saudi Arabia is expected after the regime admitted to killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi a year ago, but he said undercutting the coalition's efforts in Yemen would hand a victory to Iran's faction.

It's also another strong rebuke of President Donald Trump's support for Saudi Arabia, which has been a point of tension with Congress since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a year ago.

Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey's Istanbul in October 2018, and a number of top Saudi officials involved in the case were arrested.

Abdel-Salam added "in reality, America is the one. selling weapons, and providing support" to the coalition. It wasn't immediately clear how a USA cutting of ties with the coalition could impact that campaign.

The text now heads to the Democrat-led House of Representatives, which approved a similar measure that stalled earlier this year, and which is likely to pass the latest effort.