The Saudi-led coalition announced on 10 November that its aircraft would no longer be refuelled by US Air Force (USAF) tankers, according to a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The statement attributed the move to a recent increase in the coalition’s “capability to independently conduct inflight refuelling in Yemen”.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed that the decision had been taken after consultations with the US government, which would continue to work with the coalition to minimise civilian casualties in Yemen.
Mattis said on 30 October that the USAF was refuelling less than 20% of coalition aircraft “so the pilots didn't feel they had to make a hasty decision” about engaging targets.
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