(Samuel Osborne, Independent) – The State Department has approved resuming arms sales to Saudi Arabia previously blocked by Barack Obama.
A multi-million dollar technology for Riyadh was blocked by the former President during the final months of his administration over human rights concerns.
Saudi Arabia is leading a mostly Arab coalition targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen with air strikes.
An annual report by UN experts who monitor the conflict in Yemen, seen by Reuters, said the Saudi-led coalition had carried out attacks that “may amount to war crimes” — accusations Riyadh rejects.
By approving the measure, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may have given an indication the Trump administration will seek closer ties with Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war.