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Deputy US Ambassador to Yemen calls for investigation of Saudi airstrikes

In a possible sign of change in US policy, Ana Escrogima, Deputy Ambassador of the United States to Yemen (which is currently based in Saudi Arabia), has called for an official investigation into Saudi airstrikes on Yemen, as well as for negotiations to end the conflict.



SANA’A – Ana Escrogima, the Deputy Ambassador of the United States to Yemen, has called for an official investigation into recent US airstrikes on Yemen.

The Deputy Ambassador made the statement on Wednesday, in which she also claimed that the US government has serious concerns about reports of human rights violations being committed by Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen.
Escrogima furthermore expressed her support to the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and stressed that she does not believe that the conflict in Yemen can be solved militarily.

The statement by the US Deputy Ambassador can be seen as surprising, since the United States has been actively supporting, funding and arming the Saudi-led invading coalition in its war against Yemen since the start of the conflict in March 2015. US support is reported to go as far as the sharing of military intel and even joint decision-making on airstrikes on targets in Yemen. Noteworthy is also the fact that the US embassy in Yemen has been closed since February 2015, and has since relocated to Saudi Arabia.

However, the recent statement by Ana Escrogima could possibly signify a change in policy of the US administration, now that the conflict has been dragging on for over three years, without any chance for a Saudi victory seemingly possible.

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