The newspaper “The Independent” release new information about the violation of the «coalition» Saudi Arabia in Yemen of international laws, and condemns the Government of London in terms of its position on this issue.
The newspaper cited international reports and documents obtained by some human rights organizations to assert that the Allied air raid on one of the consolation rooms was unjustified and constituted a violation of the provisions of international law.
In this context, the newspaper was surprised by the continuation of the British government to extend arms to Riyadh after the raid on the capital Sana’a late last year, where the value of British arms sales to Saudi Arabia during the six months after the raid, about 283 million pounds, pointing to the direction of Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, To his counterpart, Liam Fox, the Minister of Commerce, to approve four applications to license the sale of military equipment because Saudi Air Force can use equipment in its illegal war against the Yemen, according to the newspaper.
According to the data collected by the campaign against the sale of weapons, that between the eighth of October, the date of the raid on the funeral board in Sanaa, which resulted in the deaths of more than 140 people, and until the end of March this year, the Government of London to grant licenses for arms deals With Riyadh, including aircraft components worth $ 263 million, and bombs and missiles worth at least £ 4 million.
In addition, during the same period, London supplied other military equipment to Saudi Arabia, such as assault rifles, aircraft spare parts and guns, as well as advisory services including training programs on aircraft scoring skills through “open licenses” of 24 , Which are “less transparent” licenses than others, according to The Independent.
In a related context, British Foreign Minister Emily Thornberry told the newspaper that the Labor Party she represented was always calling for an end to the sale of arms to the Saudis, explaining that the United Nations investigations clearly define the truth of violations of international humanitarian law In the Yemen war.
It added that its government is required today, and from the “moral and legal duty”, to confirm its non-involvement in the war crimes committed in that country, especially as London “intentionally burys its head in the sand while suffering in the Yemeni people” Led by Saudi Arabia within the borders of its southern neighbor.
“Arms sales are no longer just a purely ethical issue, but a clear violation of the UK arms export rules and standards,” said Andrew Smith, a spokesman for the anti-arms organization.
“The government of London should have stopped supplying Saudi Arabia with weapons since then, and should be aware of the need to stop its dangerous policy,” Smith said, criticizing the May government’s ability to export planes and bombs worth about 300 million pounds In the period under review, especially since they do not know the point of use of such weapons.
Smith said that the UK has always been in favor of arms deals with Riyadh, at the expense of the rights of the Saudi people, and now it “puts these deals above the rights of the Yemeni people.”
The following article was published in Yemen Press.