US Halts Some Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Over Concern About Casualties in Yemen

The U.S. government has been concerned about civilian deaths in Yemen's war.

— -- The United States has decided not to move forward with the sale of some munitions that would support Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen over concerns about civilians casualties, a senior Obama administration official confirmed to ABC News.

"We continue to have concerns about the conflict in Yemen and how it has been waged, most especially the air campaign," the official said. "Consequently, we have decided to not move forward with final approval on some sales of munitions. This reflects our continued, strong concerns with the flaws in the Coalition's targeting practices and overall prosecution of the air campaign in Yemen. We are also exploring how to refocus training for the Saudi Air Force to address these kinds of issues."

The weapons may include air-dropped, precision guided munitions according to an administration official who spoke to Reuters news service.

The Saudis later said it was a mistake.

Nevertheless the United States and other European nations continue to provide military assistance to the Saudis. Great Britain still provides the Saudis with cluster munitions -- an air dropped bomb that releases smaller bombs that have devastating consequences on civilians populations -- while the Americans provide the military with training and other weapons sales including Chinook helicopters and related equipment.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington D.C. did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.