UK bombs and missile sale to Saudi Arabia rises 500% in Yemen war
Britain’s export of bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia has increased by nearly 500 percent since the start of the kingdom’s deadly aggression on Yemen , says a UK-based organization working to end the international arms trade.
The Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) said that in the two years leading up to the war on Yemen , the UK government had approved £33 million worth of licenses covering the sale of bombs, missiles and countermeasures to the Riyadh regime, The Independent reported on Tuesday.
In the two years since the beginning of the Saudi-led bombing campaign in March 2015, the figure rose to £1.9 billion, up by 457 per cent, the CAAT added.
It also found that the UK government licenses covering aircraft, including Eurofighter jets, have soared by 70 percent to £2.6 billion in the same period.
Tom Barns, CAAT co-director, said London had been accelerating sales of “equipment being used to commit atrocities in Yemen” as Saudi air raids increase on the impoverished nation.
“Over the course of this year the situation in Yemen is only getting worse,” he warned. “At a time when the UK should at least be putting more consideration into what’s being sold they are giving more and more of these licenses.”