British Institution: British arms sales to the Saudi alliance increase by 50 percent
15:26 - 25/12/2019
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British charity Oxfam has revealed that British arms sales to Saudi
Arabia and its allies in its "aggression against Yemen
" have seen an increase of nearly 50% over the past five years.
The foundation stated in a research study translated by the agency, "Information", that "the British government has sold 6.4 billion pounds of planes, helicopters, drones and other weapons and ammunition to the Saudi-led coalition since 2015."
The head of the organization, Ruth Tanner, condemned the increase in arms sales as a "stigma" on Britain's conscience in view of the role of the purchasing countries in the devastating war in Yemen
, saying, "Only a few years ago, the British government enthusiastically pursued the implementation of legislation to better control arms transfers to avoid this type of Indiscriminate violence against civilians in Yemen
"This rise in arms sales must be a stain on our conscience. This is because the Yemenis have had to flee their homes, go without food and clean water, and withstand disease outbreaks, so they need to put an end to this war and an opportunity to rebuild their lives. ”
The study indicated that "this increase comes despite the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) signed in 2014 - an international treaty prohibiting arms sales if there is a risk that these weapons can be used in violation of international humanitarian law or human rights law."
She explained that the US-based ACLED Data Project, a nonprofit for conflict research, estimated that war had killed more than 100,000 people over the past four and a half years, while the war had also caused heavy infrastructure losses For the country, where hospitals, schools and factories were destroyed. The United Nations says more than 24 million Yemenis are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including 10 million who are suffering from severe levels of hunger. Ended / 25 z