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UK arms sold to Saudi Arabia contribute to ’81 unlawful attacks in Yemen’

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The Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has reignited concerns that funding of extremism is linked to the Gulf Kingdom, which is the biggest buyer of UK arms.

More than 80 allegedly unlawful attacks in Yemen have been carried out by the Saudis, human rights activists have discovered, and some attacks have used UK-made bombs.

Since the spring of 2015, Saudi Arabia has launched what campaigners described as a “devastating aerial campaign”, targeting areas crowded with civilians including schools, hospitals, weddings and markets.

Many of those attacks, which  breach international law, used bombs and cluster munitions made in the UK, worth £3 billion to the UK economy over the past two years.

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “Only two months ago the Prime Minster was in Riyadh trying to sell weapons to the Saudi regime, which has some of the most abusive laws in the world. This toxic relationship is not making anyone safer, whether in the UK or in Yemen, where UK arms are being used with devastating results.”

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party, has called for the UK Government to change it’s relationship with the Saudis and end arms sales on security and humanitarian grounds.

The war in Yemen, which has seen numerous war crimes reports against Saudi forces, continues with the support of British military exports.

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