July 2016 -- There has been a radical increase in arms sales to the Middle East in the last four years to support military action against ISIS. Yet, many of these arms have been used in other conflicts. Especially troubling are the many air to ground munitions sold to Saudi Arabia. These have been instrumental in the war that Saudi Arabia is waging in Yemen— a war that the UN estimates has resulted in 9,000 casualties, including more than 3,000 civilian deaths from March 2015 to March 2016, with no improvement in the political situation on the ground. "I'm increasingly worried,” says Senator Chris Murphy, “the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen is being seen as a US campaign. It's clearly creating more, not less, space for extremist groups to operate.”
Senators Murphy (D) and Paul (R) have introduced Senate Joint Resolution S.J.Res. 32 to oppose sales of additional air to ground weapons to Saudi Arabia until we are assured that these weapons will not be used in the conflict in Yemen, and that stronger measures are adopted to avoid civilian casualties. Urge your Senators to co-sponsor and support S.J.Res. 32.
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