The decision would end a tangible and controversial aspect of US support for the Saudi coalition’s war in Yemen, the Washington Post newspaper said on Friday.
Meanwhile, Riyadh said Friday that Saudi Arabia and its allies were able to "increase their capacity" of refueling their jets, and thus will do so independently, Reuters reported, citing Saudi Press agency.
In turn, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis voiced support on Friday for the Saudi decision to end US in-flight refueling of Saudi-led coalition planes, adding that Washington will continue helping the Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni forces minimize civilian casualties in the war-torn country.
"The US and the Coalition are planning to collaborate on building up legitimate Yemeni forces to defend the Yemeni people, secure their country’s borders, and contribute to counter Al Qaeda and ISIS[Daesh] efforts in Yemen and the region," Mattis said in a statement, cited by Reuters.
Earlier in the day, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Todd Young called on President Donald Trump to halt US refueling of Saudi coalition planes in Yemen until Riyadh makes a good faith effort to end civilian casualties.
Yemen has been in a state of conflict, with the government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi fighting the Houthi movement.
The Yemeni government is backed by the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf nations that has been carrying out operations targeting Houthi-controlled areas since March 2015.
United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters on Friday that increased fighting in the Yemeni port of Al Hudaydah and the surrounding governorate killed more than 90 persons last month.
The war in Yemen has resulted in a huge civilian death toll and provoked a humanitarian disaster. More than 14 million Yemenis face pre-famine conditions, according to the United Nations.