Britain In Hot Water After Selling Arms To Saudi Arabia

Leigh Day, a law firm, had sent a 19-page letter to the UK government on behalf of the Campaign Against The Arms Trade (CAAT). The letter contains all arguments for selling arms to Saudi Arabia, and how it violates international law.

The letter condemns the targeting of civilians and non-combatants in Yemen by Saudi forces. Saudi forces are also accused of targeting facilities that sustain basic humanitarian needs.

Yemen had faced immense numbers of civilian casualties after Saudi attacks against rebels in the area.

According to CAAT, they will give the UK government a 14-day notice to suspend arms licenses to sell to Saudi Arabia. Possibly then, they would face legal action.

About half of Saudi Arabia’s air force was armed by UK contractors. The same aircraft had destroyed significant cultural properties in Yemen. Currently, Saudi naval forces are blocking the flow of essential food and medicine in Yemeni states ridden that need them, according to CAAT.

The UK government has not issued an official reply to the letter. It also had not called for an investigation whether Saudi’s arms licenses had violated international law.

The letter urged the government to verify the suspension of sales of arms to Saudi until a full review of legality is carried out.