Saudi war crimes in Yemen

This 2016 video says about itself:

The US may be aiding war crimes in Yemen

12 December 2016

The U.S. is helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen and it’s a disaster.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

MoD tracing war crimes by Saudis

Friday 24th February 2017

Investigation opened into 257 humanitarian breaches in Yemen

THE British government is investigating hundreds of war crimes allegedly committed by the Saudi-led coalition in its ongoing bombardment of Yemen, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said yesterday.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said his department is looking at 257 alleged breaches of international humanitarian law committed during the bombing of Yemen which began in March 2015.

Mr Fallon refused to release details of the allegations saying: “Details of the MoD’s analysis of these allegations are necessarily confidential.”

Britain has licensed almost £3.3 billion in arms to the country since the Saudi-led coalition bombing campaign began almost two years ago.

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin confirmed: “UK-built and licensed Typhoon and Tornado aircraft from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) have been deployed on combat missions in the Yemen campaign.”

The United Nations estimate that 10,000 people have been killed during the conflict which has seen more than two-thirds of the Yemeni population left in need of humanitarian aid.

Much of the destruction has been blamed on Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate air strikes which have seen homes and funerals targeted.

As a result the British government has faced repeated calls to halt its arms sales to the Gulf state. But the government claims that it is confident that the sales were “compliant with the UK export licensing criteria.”

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) lodged a judicial review over the legality of the government’s decision to continue licensing arms sales to Saudi Arabia which was heard in the High Court earlier this month. The outcome is expected in March.

CAAT spokesman Andrew Smith told the Star: “Saudi forces have shown a total disregard for international law.

“Whitehall has been totally complicit in the destruction. How many more abuses will need to happen before the government finally takes action and ends the arms sales?”

Saudi puppets in Yemen kill each other

This 14 August 2015 video shows United Arab Emirates people crying as UAE soldiers return from the Saudi war on Yemen in coffins.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Yemen: Clashes at Aden airport kill three militia fighters

Monday 13th February 2017

INFIGHTING between Saudi-backed militias broke out yesterday at an airport in the southern port city of Aden.

Riyadh-based exiled president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s presidential guard — backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — reportedly surrounded the airport after three days of fighting.

Helicopter gunships attacked the rival militia, killing three.

The militia have controlled the airport since the invasion in late 2015. They refused to hand over the airport to Hadi loyalists last week.

The UAE is a member of the Saudi-led coalition, and the only other nation with significant ground forces in the country.

Meanwhile in Somalia’s breakaway northern province Somaliland — which lacks international recognition — parliament voted to allow the UAE to build a military base there, across the Red Sea from Yemen.

The move, opposed by neighbouring Ethiopia and Djibouti, sparked vocal protests from nine MPs, who were removed.

British government helps Saudi butchery of Yemeni civilians

This video says about itself:

Yemen crisis: one factory demolished, hundreds of jobs destroyed

6 February 2017

Following the publication of the ILO’s Yemen Damage and Needs Assessment: Crisis Impact on Employment and the Labour Market, we take a look at how the destruction of a Yemen ceramics factory – only one of numerous workplaces destroyed since the escalation of the crisis in 2015 – has led to the loss of hundreds of jobs, and increased the vulnerability of those who had relied on it for their livelihood.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Government in court over Saudi arms sales

Wednesday 8th February 2017

Court case to stop British weapons exports to Saudis begins

PEACE activists accused the government in the High Court yesterday of breaking the law by arming Saudi Arabia despite strong evidence that British-made weapons have been used to carry out war crimes in Yemen.

The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) said that fighter jets and bombs sold by Britain to the Gulf state have been used in an assualt on neighbouring Yemen, in which thousands of people have been killed.

The group opposes ministers’ refusal to suspend export licences as well as its decisions to grant new ones. More than £3.3 billion worth of arms have been licensed since the bombing in Yemen began of March 2015.

The campaign notes that Saudi Arabia is guilty of “repeated and serious breaches” of international humanitarian law. The three-day case will likely shine a light on the wider arms trade.

Under current British law, arms export licences cannot be granted if there is a clear risk that the weapons could be used to violate humanitarian law.

The government disputes that there is a “clear risk,” despite allegations that Saudi Arabia has purposefully targeted civilians in air raids.

CAAT said more than 10,000 people have been killed by a Saudi-led coalition intervening in the Yemeni civil war. The fighting has created a humanitarian crisis with 80 per cent of Yemenis in need of aid.

The hearing has started in open court, but a large part of the judicial review will take place behind closed doors so that secret evidence backing the government’s claims can be put to the judges.

Lord Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave were told that the International Trade secretary Liam Fox, who is defending the government, is “relying considerably on sensitive material” that “would be damaging to national security,” if disclosed in an open court.

But Martin Chamberlain QC, appearing for CAAT, said that evidence against the government included reports and findings from organisations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam — which was enough to show that “no reasonable decision maker” could have allowed the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia to continue.

Mr Chamberlain said CAAT understood that the government was continuing to grant licences for military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

Pentagon-Saudi war on Yemen helps al-Qaeda

This video from the USA says about itself:

Deaths in U.S. Raids Enable Al-Qaeda’s Rising Influence in Yemen

4 February 2017

CODEPINK‘s Medea Benjamin says Trump will continue U.S. policy that enables Saudi Arabia to commit atrocities in the region.

British government, stop helping Saudi war on Yemen

This video says about itself:

US-made bombs used in Saudi strikes on MSF hospital in Yemen – Amnesty

20 September 2016

The US must halt the shipping of weapons that could be used in the Yemen war, Amnesty International has urged in a new report, citing data that confirmed a US-made explosive was used in an attack on a Yemeni hospital on August 15.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Government to face the courts over Saudi sales

Saturday 28th January 2017

PEACE activists are taking the British government to court over its selling of arms to Saudi Arabia — an act they claim is illegal.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) argues that the government is in breach of its own regulations and acting illegally by granting licences to British arms manufacturers to sell weapons to the bloody monarchy state.

A three day hearing has been scheduled in the High Court from February 7, 8 and 9.

A Saudi-led coalition is currently bombing Yemen, where rebels have overthrown the unpopular Yemeni government.

In December the Gulf state admitted to using British-made cluster bombs, which are illegal under international law, against Yemeni civilians.

A spokesperson for CAAT said: “This landmark action could stop the sale of weapons which are contributing to appalling human suffering in Yemen, and it will expose the government’s entire approach to arms exports — an approach where human rights are sacrificed for arms company profits.

“It shouldn’t take legal action to make the government follow its own rules on arms sales. These rules say that sales should not be allowed when there is a clear risk that the items might be used in violations of international humanitarian law.

“Yet UK jets, bombs and missiles are playing a central role in attacks which have killed more than 10,000 people.”

The SNP also called yesterday for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen and urged the British government to rethink its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh said: “The only way to prevent this unfolding humanitarian disaster deteriorating even further is to agree an immediate ceasefire.”

The UK’s century-long war against Yemen: here.