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March 13, 2019, 6:49 p.m. EDT

Senate votes to stop U.S. aid for Saudi-led war in Yemen

Major rebuke to Saudis, Trump; ‘We don’t trust this regime any longer,’ Sen. Chris Murphy says

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By Andrew Duehren

People walk on the wreckage of a building destroyed by Saudi air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen.

WASHINGTON — The Senate approved a measure on Wednesday that would end U.S. military assistance for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, reproving the Trump administration for the second time over its support of the kingdom.

The resolution, which now heads to the House, would give President Donald Trump 30 days after its passage to end most U.S. military aid for the war in Yemen, where the Saudi-led coalition is fighting Iran-allied Houthi rebels. The yearslong conflict has killed thousands of civilians and pushed millions to the brink of starvation.

The vote, which passed with the support of all 47 Senate Democrats and seven Republicans, is the latest sign of simmering frustration in Congress with Trump’s steadfast support for Saudi Arabia.

The killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and journalist for the Washington Post, at the hands of Saudi agents last year has engendered a growing skepticism of Saudi Arabia on Capitol Hill. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely ordered the killing of Khashoggi. “This is a direct response to the Khashoggi killing,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D- Conn., one of the co-sponsors of the resolution. “By ending our participation in this war we are making a clear statement that we don’t trust this regime any longer.”

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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