Since the outbreak of the conflict between Saudi Arabia and its al-Qaeda proxy forces against the Houthi insurgents in Yemen, there has been more acts of brutality and war crimes that remain increasingly unaccounted for and unreported. There has been an effort by the United Nations to send an investigative team to assess the human rights violations committed by both parties, but Saudi Arabia objected to this investigation. This is the second time they have refused a human rights investigation during this conflict, which is unacceptable and causes even more concern regarding the alleged human rights violations.

Despite these facts, and Saudi Arabia's long history of directly and indirectly supporting terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, the Trump Administration reached a $460 billion arms deal in May with the Saudis, even though they continue to spread a Wahhabi Salafist ideology that fuels al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist groups in the Middle East and beyond.

Saudi war crimes in Yemen and efforts to block any meaningful investigation by the United Nations were not enough to dissuade the US from sending them weapons. Today, Yemen is suffering from one of the worst cholera outbreaks in modern history as the Saudi campaign of airstrikes has destroyed their infrastructure, sanitation, and water systems.

Tulsi Gabbard said, "The best solution is for Congress to immediately pass the Stop Arming Terrorists Act (H.R. 608), which would put an end to our government funding the violence against civilians in Yemen, and to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for their war crimes. We must ask our nation's leaders why they are using our taxpayer dollars to support actions causing the suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent people by giving those who carry out these atrocities the means to do so."

A bipartisan bill introduced by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the Stop Arming Terrorists Act, would put an end to the US government using US taxpayer dollars to provide direct or indirect support to any nation or militant group that supports or allies with terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS, whether it is in the form of money, weapons, or intelligence.

Saudi Arabia Resists Independent Inquiry on Yemen Atrocities

The Yemen conflict, which began in 2014, has killed thousands, devastated the water and public health systems, left 7 00,000 people infected with cholera and seven million at risk of famine. Human rights groups have documented a trail of international law violations on both sides of the conflict.