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Saudi Arabia used UK bombs in 81 attacks in Yemen: Activists

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Activists rally in front of the UK Parliament to protest British arms sales to Saudi Arabia. (file photo)

Human rights activists say Saudi Arabia has used UK-made bombs in at least 81 unlawful attacks in Yemen, according to a report. 

In its “devastating aerial campaign” in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has used bombs and cluster munitions made in the UK, worth £3 billion, over the past two years, The Independent reported.

The Campaign Against Arms Trade has challenged the UK government for its complicity in human rights crimes in Yemen. The verdict in the case is pending.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary Amber Rudd (pictured below) said she was “confident” the verdict would be in the government’s favor.

Kristine Beckerle, Yemen and Kuwait researcher at Human Rights Watch, called on the UK to stop selling arms to the Saudis.

“It’s not just a question of the right thing to do, it’s also a question of legal liability,” she said.

“Do those conditions make it very, very difficult for civilians to live and get on with their lives? Absolutely. Impossible.”

Adam Coogle, Middle East researcher from Human Rights Watch, told The Independent that the Saudi Kingdom is using a dedicated court and rehabilitation center to quash dissent and punish human rights activists.

In March 2015, the Saudi regime and its allies, backed by the US, began a military campaign against Yemen to reinstall its former government. The war has killed over 12,000 civilians since then.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has recently licensed £3.5 billion worth of arms export to the Saudi kingdom.

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During a BBC leaders debate last week, Rudd said selling arms was “good for our industry”.

The home secretary added that Britain had the “toughest form of export licenses in the world,” noting it sold arms in a “robust and correct” way.

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