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U.S. Ends Saudi Jet Refueling In Yemen; Peace Talks Pushed Back As U.N. Calls For More Assistance To Prevent Famine

The Guardian: Fears of worsening Yemen violence rise as U.N. peace talks pushed back
“Peace talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war have been pushed back to the end of the year, sparking fears that intense violence in Hodeidah will worsen and the country will be plunged into famine as the Saudi-backed coalition seeks to completely retake the vital port city…” (McKernan, 11/9).

U.N. News: Yemen: Major U.N. aid boost for ‘up to 14 million’ as country risks becoming a land of ‘living ghosts’
“Efforts are being made to step up life-saving aid from eight million, to 14 million stricken Yemenis a month, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, before urging warring parties to spare the key Red Sea port of Hudaydah, which is a lifeline for the whole country…” (11/9).

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Ends Saudi Jet Refueling Missions in Yemen Conflict
“The U.S. is stopping aerial refueling of warplanes bombing Yemen, dialing back support for a Saudi-led military coalition as criticism of the kingdom grows in Washington over the conflict’s civilian impact. Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Defense Department said the Arab coalition requested the change because it had developed its own aerial refueling capabilities and no longer needed American support in that capacity…” (Fitch, 11/10).

Washington Post: For war-ravaged Yemen, few expect ‘game changer’ in Saudi-led airstrikes after end of U.S. refueling
“…[T]hose interviewed said the decision is unlikely to rein in the coalition — unless firmer action is taken. Nor will it alone change the trajectory of Yemen’s war, they said, or its growing humanitarian crisis, which now includes more than 14 million people on the brink of famine — more than half of Yemen’s population. The United States, Britain, and other Western powers continue to assist the coalition with intelligence, logistical support, and sales of billions of dollars in weaponry, much of it being used in the conflict in Yemen, the Middle East’s poorest nation…” (Mujahed/Raghavan, 11/10).

Additional coverage of the war in Yemen and the resulting humanitarian crisis is available from the Washington Post (2) and Wall Street Journal.

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