British goverment helps Saudis kill Yemeni civilians


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Airstrike Hits Refugee Camp in Yemen, Killing 21: Report

30 March 2015

Humanitarian workers told Reuters that an airstrike hit the area of the Mazraq refugee camp in northern Yemen Monday, killing 21 people.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Saudis got 400-hour bomb lesson from British experts

Saturday 16th April 2016

BRITISH military personnel have provided nearly 400 hours of targeting training to Saudi Arabian forces since the start of the bombing campaign they lead in Yemen.

Human rights organisation Reprieve released the information yesterday after it made a freedom of information request of the government.

The official response details a variety of training courses given by British personnel to Saudi air and land forces since the bombardment commenced in March 2015.

In July 2015, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Parliament that Britain provided “no aircraft or training in direct support of Saudi operations.”

But it emerged in January that British advisers were present in Saudi military control rooms.

“Claims by ministers that Britain is helping the Saudi government abide by the law are disingenuous,” said Reprieve caseworker Omran Belhadi.

“Extensive British ‘targeting training’ has done nothing to prevent the bombing of schools, hospitals and weddings and the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians.”

Human rights groups have expressed grave concern over Britain’s involvement in a campaign which has been strongly criticised for the number of civilian deaths caused by the aerial assaults.

In fact, the UN has accused Saudi Arabia of “widespread and systematic” attacks on civilians in Yemen.

“The UK claims its support to the Saudi-led campaign is necessary to combat terrorism — but killing innocents doesn’t make us safer,” said Mr Belhadi.

“Ministers must urgently reconsider the UK’s support for these abuses.”

That support has included “targeting courses” for the Saudi Air Force by RAF specialists in artillery, targeting and “weaponeering” — designing attacks around weaponry — as well as training in the “better employment” of the British-supplied Storm Shadow cruise missile.

Saudi Arabia has paid for nearly a dozen Tory MPs to fly out and visit on ‘fact-finding missions’ this year. The MPs’ visits marks the intensification of lobbying by the petro-state: here.

Barack Obama urged to rule out trading US cluster bombs for Saudi favour. Exclusive: Rights groups call on president to act on use of controversial munitions during visit to kingdom: here.

The US military announced Friday that dozens American “advisers” have been deployed to Yemen over the past two weeks. They are working with Saudi and Arab coalition troops seeking to assert control over southern portions of the country: here.

This week’s admission by the Pentagon that dozens of American troops are now on the ground in Yemen, ostensibly to assist troops of the United Arab Emirates in combating Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has laid bare the escalating eruption of US imperialist violence across the greater Middle East: here.

Britain: Government quietly admits it was wrong to say Saudi Arabia is not targeting civilians or committing war crimes: here.

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  3. Friday 22nd April 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    THE Foreign Office recognised yesterday large-scale human rights violations in Yemen — even as British arms fuelled the country’s bloody civil war.

    In its annual review of human rights around the world, the department said that the conflict had had a “significant impact” on the civilian population.

    The report claims that “human rights remain at the heart of British foreign policy.”

    But Amnesty International UK said that was “difficult to accept” in a year in which the government “largely looked the other way as Saudi Arabia locked up bloggers and executed dissidents.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-cd3a-Foreign-Office-releases-rights-report#.Vxm_wHpnU4A

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