Reaction: The UK must apply an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia

15 October 2018 - 3:45pm
Press release

Responding to news of a United Nations report warning that 13 million people in Yemen are facing starvation, and calls on the Saudi-led military coalition for a cessation of air strikes, Ryvka Barnard, senior campaigner on militarism and security at War on Want, said:

“This is a crisis of epic proportions, and the UK is playing a central role in it by continuing to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, despite the government’s knowledge that the weapons are being used in devastating attacks on civilians. Thousands in Yemen have already been killed, and 13 million people are facing starvation, due to the relentless bombing being carried out with UK-supplied weapons.

This is not just a Saudi war on Yemen; the £5 billion worth of UK weapons sent to Saudi Arabia since the bombing in Yemen began makes this a UK war as well, and it calls for immediate action from people of conscience in this country to demand an end to it. The UK must apply immediate sanctions and an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia.”

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