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UK rushes to fill Saudi Arabia's arms orders

Bianca Rahimi

Press TV, London

The death toll from the Saudi-led war on Yemen is in the hundreds of thousands. A quarter of all civilians killed in air raids are women and children.

Roughly 20 million Yemenis are experiencing food insecurity; and at least half of them are at risk of famine. Saudi-led airstrikes hit schools, hospitals and wedding parties indiscriminately.

Britain sells billions of pounds worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, but sales were halted in June 2019 after a High Court case, brought by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), ruled the sales were unlawful because ministers had failed to properly assess the risk of these weapons being used against civilians in Yemen.

But the moratorium was lifted in July 2020 after International Trade Secretary Liz Truss announced a government review has concluded the potential for British-made weapons to be used to commit war crimes in the conflict was "isolated" and that there was little evidence of a "pattern" of Saudi airstrikes targeting civilians. Rights’ groups say that’s simply not true.

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