Saudi Arabia’s eight year war with Yemen has created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Hundreds of thousands have been killed. 3.2 million children are internally displaced and 12.9 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance. OXFAM reports that 24 million people, 80% of the population, are in need of emergency aid. Most of the destruction of the country has been caused by the 25,054 air raids by the Saudi Arabia led coalition (members include USA, UK, UAE, Jordan, Qatar.)
The UK Government is contributing to this crisis. The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) estimates that more than £23 billion of UK weapons have been sold to the Saudi-led coalition since the war began in March 2015. The government continues to licence arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite its appalling human rights record at home and its continued involvement in the war in Yemen. Half of Saudi Arabia’s combat aircraft come from the UK. Both the U.S. and the UK have military personnel deployed at the Saudi command-and-control centre and Britain has provided political and diplomatic support for the Saudi regime
CAAT’s legal challenge. In 2019 CAAT took legal action which forced the UK Government to stop issuing export licences to Saudi Arabia. Tragically the sale of arms resumed in 2020. Now CAAT are undertaking a Judicial Review at the High Court in London between 31st January – 2nd February 2023.
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Yemen Data Project: https://yemendataproject.org/
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