Report claims bomb that landed on Yemen school bus was sold through State Dept. arms deal

Report claims bomb that landed on Yemen school bus was sold through State Dept. arms deal
School bus destroyed by bomb

[Ed. – This is not good for anyone.]

A bomb used by a Saudi coalition that attacked a school bus in Yemen was sold through a U.S. State Department-sanctioned arms deal with Saudi Arabia, CNN reported.

According to the news outlet, the weapon that led to the deaths of dozens of children on August 9 was “a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top U.S. defense contractors.”

The bomb is similar to one that landed on a funeral hall in Yemen in October 2016 that left 155 dead and hundreds wounded. The Saudi coalition blamed “incorrect information” for the strike and called it a mistake. In March of the same year, there was a strike on a Yemeni market killed 97 people. A U.S.-supplied precision-guided MK84 bomb was used in the attack, according to the report.

Following the funeral hall attack, former President Barack Obama banned sales of precision-guided military technology to Saudi Arabia due to human rights concerns. The ban was overturned in 2017 by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to the report.

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