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BRITISH bombs and rockets continue to rain down on the people of Yemen for the fifth year despite a court ruling that their sale to Saudi Arabia is unlawful, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) reported yesterday.
The group said that Britain’s government has not acted on a Court of Appeal ruling that it was unlawful to have licensed British-made arms to the Saudi regime in its offensive against Yemen without assessing whether their use breaches international humanitarian law.
Saudi’s war on Yemen began in March 2015, creating what the United Nations has called “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” with more than 100,000 Yemeni deaths.
The situation is predicted to worsen through the coronavirus pandemic, as Yemen’s healthcare system is already in crisis.
CAAT’s Andrew Smith said: “It is a crisis that has been enabled by the political and military support that the UK and other arms-dealing governments have given the Saudi regime and its coalition partners.
“These arms sales are immoral and illegal. They have played a devastating role in prolonging the conflict and have intensified the suffering.
“After five years of war, and at a time when Yemen’s healthcare system is on the verge of collapse, it is more important than ever that they are stopped.”
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