A new report reveals the United Kingdom has been providing Saudi Arabia with weapons in Riyadh’s ongoing military aggression against its impoverished southeastern neighbor, Yemen.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed its technical support for and arming of Saudi Arabia with “precision guided weapons,” RT reported.
The report quotes an MoD spokesman as adding however that the British government had been assured the arms will be used in compliance with international law.
“The UK is not participating directly in Saudi military operations. We are providing support to the Saudi Arabian armed forces and as part of pre-existing arrangements are providing precision guided weapons to assist the Saudi air force.
“The use of these weapons is a matter for the Saudis but we are assured that they will be used in compliance with international law,” the unnamed spokesman said.
Now John Rees with the ‘Stop the War Coalition’ says, “The Saudi regime is the largest market for UK arms manufacturers. The UK government is backing the Saudi attack on Yemen.”
He added that the UK has upheld a “very aggressive” foreign policy over the centuries and that the talks of political resolution of conflicts are merely a “smokescreen” to veil such a policy.
His comments come as Saudi warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes against several areas across Yemen, inflicting more human loss and material damage on the country.
The Saudi military campaign against Yemen, which began on March 26 without a UN mandate, is meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore to power fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of the Al Saud regime.
On June 16, UN Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville said over 1,410 Yemeni civilians, including 210 women, had been killed and a further 3,423 injured since March 26.