Washington, February 15 (RHC)-- On Capitol Hill, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in a half-century.
Eighteen Republicans joined the Democratic majority in the 248-177 vote. House Democrats are calling on the Senate to take up the bill, after a majority of senators approved a similar measure last December. President Donald Trump has signaled he would veto the legislation; it would be the first veto of his administration.
The British charity Save the Children estimates more than 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of five have died from acute malnutrition since the Barack Obama administration first supported a Saudi-led coalition bombing campaign in 2015. The United Nations warns half of Yemen’s population -- more than 14 million people -- remain on the brink of starvation.
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