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Bipartisan Senate bill targets Saudis for Khashoggi and Yemen

Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced legislation Thursday that would suspend the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and block refueling of Saudi coalition warplanes bombing Yemen.

Why it matters: This legislative attempt seeks to punish the kingdom for its role in Yemen’s devastating civil war, which has killed over 10,000 people, and crown prince Mohammad bin Salman's alleged involvement in the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Earlier Thursday, the Trump administration slapped sanctions on 17 people, including Saudi Consul General Mohammad Alotaib, for the murder of Khashoggi.

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