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Coalition working to reduce civilian deaths in Yemen – US State Department

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US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert praised the steps being taken by the Coalition in Support of the Legitimacy in Yemen to save civilian lives and minimize casualties.

“The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is taking steps in the right direction to reduce civilian casualties,” Nauert told a briefing.

Her comments came a day after Pompeo told Congress that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were working to reduce civilian casualties.

Pompeo said in a statement that he told Congress that the governments of Saudi Arabia and the UAE were taking concrete steps to reduce the risk of harming civilians and civilian infrastructure due to the operations of the Yemeni Legitimacy Alliance.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed that he fully supported and approved Pompeo’s certification, adding that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are making every effort to reduce the risk of civilian casualties and collateral damage.

Mattis also said the United States is working with the UN special envoy to achieve a negotiated end to the fighting.

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