The US has prohibited flying activity of Saudi students at bases across the country from all flying activity in the aftermath of last week’s deadly shooting at Pensacola base.
The classes will continue as planned but flying will remain paused, until ruled otherwise. The decision came after Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered a review of the shooting incident by a lieutenant of Saudi Air Force which claimed three sailors’ lives at the navy base.
According to the FBI Investigators the motives of the shooter who was shot dead by the polices are yet to be determined however, the investigators are working on the assumption that it was an act of terrorism.
The Pensacola shooting has strained the US-Saudi relationship. The continued strain and scrutiny is not a new development as the relationship suffered a critical blow after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, journalist working for Washington Post and the Saudi military offensive in Yemen.
The Saudi authorities have condemned the shooting, according to a tweet a President Trump. The tweet read, “King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack.”