UK activists call for end to Saudi war on Yemen

March 27, 2017 5:30 pm
A large group of people have
gathered in Britain’s capital to mark the second anniversary of
’s ruthless invasion of , calling for an end to the
deadly war.

The kingdom’s unprovoked war against its
impoverished southern neighbor, which began on March 26, 2015, has
killed and injured over 30,000 Yemeni civilians, according to official
reports.
Over the course of the war, British and American military
forces have supported the Saudi war machine through major arms deals.
They have also admitted to training Saudi pilots and providing them with
intelligence on their targets in Yemen.
On Sunday, groups of
protesters met at Marble Arch, near London’s Hyde Park, and condemned
the ongoing weapons deals between Saudis and their Western allies.
Carrying
signs that read, “End Yemen Siege” and “Hands Off Yemen,” the
protesters then marched outside the BBC offices to protest the
mainstream media’s way of reporting the conflict.

Protesters carry signs that condemn Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war on Yemen, London, March 26, 2017. (Photo by Press TV)“The
message is the illegal blockade must be lifted to save millions of
lives, because according to the UNICEF figures obtained, every 10 minute
a child under the age of five is dying in Yemen—approximately 52,000
children per annum– that is clearly a genocide” Kim Shariff, director
of Human Rights for Yemen, told Press TV.
According to the UN, the
war and the ongoing air and sea blockade by the Saudi regime has put a
third of Yemen’s 22 provinces on the brink of famine, leaving more than
half of the country’s population hungry.
Amien Afet, the deputy
mayor of Sana’a, said last week that Saudi Arabia has been using all
kinds of internationally-banned munitions, including cluster bombs, in
its military campaign.
London
has admitted to providing the kingdom with hundreds of cluster bombs
over the past years. Additionally, British arms manufacturers like BAE
Systems have continued to provide Riyadh with cutting-edge military
technology during the war.
The High Court is set to review the
country’s weapons deals with Saudi Arabia, after activists accused the
government of Prime Minister Theresa May of complicity in Riyadh’s war
crimes.
“It is a very sad situation for our government in the UK
to continue supplying weapons to the regimes that are committing these
crimes against Yemen, knowing full well that these crimes are being
committed every day,” Shariff said.

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