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Video: US refuels Saudi warplanes amid Yemen carnage

File photo shows an aerial refueling process being carried out by an American tanker.

As Saudi Arabia continues its deadly aerial assaults on Yemen, a video has surfaced in media that purportedly shows an American aircraft providing aerial refueling for Saudi warplanes.

Yemen’s War Media released a footage on Saturday which showed a giant military plane refueling two Saudi jets and said in its description that the tanker was American. 

Press TV cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the footage and whether the tanker aircraft is American. 

The United States has been providing fueling services to the aircraft flown by a Saudi-led coalition which has been attacking Yemen since 2015, among other variations of combat logistics support. 

The footage emerged hot on the heels of two attacks by the coalition, which killed scores of civilians, mostly children.

Thirty-one civilians, including 22 children and four women, lost their lives in a strike hitting a vehicle in the Durayhimi city in Yemen’s coastal al-Hudaydah Province on Thursday.

Back on August 9, Saudi-led warplanes hit a school bus in the town of Dhahyan in Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada, killing a total of 51 people, among them 40 children, and leaving nearly 80 others wounded.

Munitions experts have confirmed that the bomb used in the attack had been supplied by the US. The experts told CNN earlier in the month that the bomb was a 227-kilogram laser-guided Mark 82 bomb.

On Friday, the Human Rights Watch released a report, noting that coalition members had evaded accountability thanks to an opaque internal investigation system.

In six of the attacks discussed in the report, titled “Hiding Behind the Coalition: Failure to Credibly Investigate and Provide Redress for Unlawful Attacks in Yemen,” the HRW identified US-origin munitions.

Some 15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the Saudi-led aggression.

The US has increased its arms support for the kingdom since the onset of the warfare. It also provides the invasion with bombing coordinates and has deployed a commando force on the kingdom’s border with the impoverished country to detect the arms supplies of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the nation against the invaders.

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