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Senate Democrats hold up arms sales for Saudi war in Yemen

The State Department request for a bombs resupply has hit a snag amid a rising death toll.
A Saudi military cargo plane is seen at the international airport of Yemen's southern port city of Aden July 22, 2015. A Saudi military plane loaded with arms for fighters loyal to Yemen's deposed president landed at Aden airport on Wednesday, an airport official said, the first flight to reach the embattled port city in four months. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX1LEI9

Democrats on a key Senate panel are holding up bomb sales for the Saudi air campaign in Yemen amid growing concerns over the rising death toll, Al-Monitor has learned.

Congress was notified Aug. 19 of the Obama administration's intent to provide Riyadh with thousands of precision-guided munitions. The sale is linked to the administration's effort to placate Gulf countries' concerns about the Iranian nuclear deal, but it has hit a snag with Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who want to see the Saudi-led campaign reeled in.

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