War in Yemen and Saudi royals

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War in Yemen Tests Influence of Saudi Royal Family

14 December 2016

Zenab Ahmed of Souciant.com says while Obama’s decision to limit shipment of armaments may affect the standing of the royal family, the prolonged nature of the war and dissatisfaction of its junior partners that’s weakening the family’s influence in the state.

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  1. Thursday 15th December 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    by Steve Sweeney

    THE government was accused yesterday of involvement in war crimes in Yemen following media reports that Saudi forces have used cluster bombs made in Britain.

    Yemen’s Houthi Prime Minister Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour also alleged that Saudi forces were using British-manufactured cruise missiles, after remnants of such weapons were discovered in bombed parts of the country.

    Sky News has reported that cruise missiles and illegal cluster bombs have been used in attacks on Yemen in the devasting war that has raged for two years between a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the Houthi government.

    Mr Habtour said: “They have sold cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. They know the Saudis are going to drop them on Yemen.

    “I don’t think they are guilty of war crimes, I believe so. They are participating in the bombing of Yemen people.”

    He also accused the British government of being more concerned about profits from arms sales than the lives of Yemen’s people.

    The use of cluster bombs is banned by an international treaty, signed by Britain in 2010, due to the extreme risk they pose to civilian populations.

    Britain has licensed more than £3.3 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia since the bombing campaign began in March 2015 and the government is currently negotiating the supply of more fighter jets to the Saudi military.

    Ministers rejected calls last month by MPs on the Commons business, innovation and skills and international development committees to end the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.

    In its response, the government claimed to be confident that the sales were “compliant with the UK export licensing criteria.”

    But Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) said that, in the wake of reports that the US is restricting arms supplies to Saudi Arabia, it was time for “Britain to act” as well.

    CAAT spokesman Andrew Smith pointed out: “Like the US, the UK has licensed billions of pounds’ worth of arms to Saudi forces.

    “If even the US is questioning its support for Saudi Arabia, then why is the UK government pulling out all stops to support them?” Mr Smith demanded. “Why are human rights regarded as less important than arms company profits?

    “The UK must act now to stop the arms sales and to hold its so-called ally to the same standard as other aggressors and human rights abusers.”



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