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US Concerned by 'Lack of Precision' of Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen

© REUTERS / Naif RahmaPeople stand on the rubble of a school destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in an outskirt of the northwestern city of Saada, Yemen September 14, 2016
People stand on the rubble of a school destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in an outskirt of the northwestern city of Saada, Yemen September 14, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The United States has raised concerns with Riyadh regarding the imprecision of Saudi airstrikes that have killed civilians in Yemen, US Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said in a briefing on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, Doctors Without Borders published two reports detailing Saudi-led coalition attacks on medical facilities in Yemen that resulted in 20 dead and 32 wounded.

"We [the United States] have been honest with the Saudis about our concerns over the lack of precision in some strikes," Kirby told reporters.

Yemenis gather around a crater caused by a Saudi-led airstrike that targeted a building in the centre of the capital Sanaa (File) - Sputnik International
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Kirby also claimed that the deliberate attacks by the Syrian and Russian governments in Aleppo were not the same as Saudi Arabia’s imprecise strikes that accidentally killed civilians in Yemen.

US military sales to Saudi Arabia have drawn bipartisan opposition, in part because US-made bombs have been used by the Saudi-led coalition to attack hospitals and other civilian targets in neighboring Yemen, according to multiple eyewitness and published reports.

Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the opposition Houthis at the request of ousted President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

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