Trump Accuses Saudi Arabia of Unskillful Use of US Weapons in Yemen

Human Wrongs Watch

WASHINGTON, 5 November 2018 (Sputnik)*US President Donald Trump accused Saudi Arabia of unskillful use of US weapons in Yemen, citing the August attack on a bus carrying Yemeni school children, in an interview for Axios.

Trump, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the 2017 Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia | The White House from Washington, DCPresident Trump’s Trip Abroad | Public Domain

On August 9, an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Saada, northern Yemeni province, hit a bus carrying children from a summer camp, killing over 50 people, most of them minors.

“I think it’s a terrible situation. I hated seeing what happened with the bus and the children… That’s a horror show when you see a thing like that… That was basically people that didn’t know how to use the weapon, which is horrible,” Trump said in the interview, released on Monday.

The president went on to say that the United States was “looking at Yemen very carefully.”


“It is probably right now the worst place on Earth… I’ll be talking about a lot of things with the Saudis, but certainly I wouldn’t be having people that don’t know how to use the weapons shooting at buses with children,” he concluded.

READ MORE: Yemen Ceasefire Calls Intensify as US Support For Saudi Arabia Fades

Since 2015, the US-backed Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf nations has been supporting the Yemeni government in its conflict with the Houthi movement, carrying out airstrikes targeting Houthis.


2018 Human Wrongs Watch


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