The bomb that was fired on a school bus in Yemen by a coalition warplane led by Saudi Arabia was reportedly sold to Riyadh on the basis of the analysis of the debris from the US.
On August 9th, 40 boys at the age of six killed 11 who were taken on a school trip. Eleven adults also died and local authorities said 79 people were injured, 56 of them children. CNN reported that the weapon used was a 227 kg laser-controlled bomb from Lockheed Martin, one of many thousands sold in Saudi Arabia as part of billions of dollars of arms exports.
The Gulf Monarchy is the largest single US and UK defense industry. The US also supports the coalition with fueling and education.
Investigator journalist Bellingcat identified bomb fragments on photos and videos taken shortly after the bombing and came from a laser-guided version of an Mk-82 bomb named GBU -12 Paveway II. Based on the mark on a bomb's fin segment Bellingcat bombed a shipment of a thousand such bombs to Saudi Arabia, which was approved by the US government in 2015 during the Obama administration.
A spokesman for Lockheed Martin referred to questions about the bombing of the Pentagon. Defense said it did not make a tactical target for the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, but provided assistance in improving targeting.
"I'll tell you that we're helping them to plan what we call Secretary of Defense James Mattis said," We're not dynamically targeting them. "
The Bellingcat report warned that the bomb fragments were not there were photographed where they had fallen, but had been collected and the possibility of being planted had been left open, CNN said it had been working with Yemeni journalists and ammunition experts on its own identification of the bomb.
According to a report In 2016, the Obama administration offered Saudi Arabia more than $ 115 billion over its two-year term, more than any previous US government.
Following the bombing of a death hall in October 2016, at 155 People were killed, Obama stopped the sale of ammunition for guided ammunition to Saudi Arabia, because improved precision civilian life does not save w if the coalition led by Saudi Arabia does not pay attention to non-military goals. Sales were resumed in March 2017 by Trump's first foreign minister, Rex Tillerson.
Saudi and US officials have insisted on curbing civilian casualties in the fight against Houthi rebels, but United Nations figures show the number of civilian casualties rising, and April became the bloodiest month of the war to date.
According to the latest report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 17,062 civilian casualties have been counted since 2015, including 6,592 deaths and 10,470 injuries.
"Most of these losses – 10,471 – were the result of air strikes by the Saudi coalition," the report said.
The Trump government has granted full support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and has reiterated its portrayal of the Houthis as Iranian deputies. However, Congress has become increasingly skeptical about continuing US arms sales to the coalition.
The senior Democrat in the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Bob Menendez, has sold 120,000 guided ammunition to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The government could ignore its opposition and continue the sale, but it would risk being ignored by the Senate.
"I think Congress could block this deal because it has just become so outrageous," said William Hartung, director of the Center for International Policy's weapons and security project.
"The argument of the Trump administration and the Saudis is that the US is helping to improve targeting, but last year more civilians were killed than the year before, and whatever value this fiction may have had is long gone . "