US OKs sale of $1.3 billion in guided bombs to Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has approved a $1.3 billion sale of bombing munitions to Saudi Arabia as its air force strikes rebel targets in Yemen.
The State Department says the package includes several laser-guided and other bomb models. A statement says the deal “replenishes” weapons stocks that are being depleted in Saudi counterterrorism operations.
Congress has been notified, initiating a 30-day delay period. It’s unclear when the new supplies will ultimately arrive.
The U.N. and human rights groups have criticized the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen for killing innocent civilians.
But State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Monday stressed that Houthi (HOO’-thee) rebels must “cease harassing and attacking Saudi citizens and Saudi territory.” He reiterated American support for U.N. peace efforts.
Washington says all sides in the conflict should avoid civilian deaths. TVJ
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