UK ‘complicit in Yemen’s destruction’ – activist attacks government on eve of Saudi visit (VIDEO)

The UK’s arms for oil deals with Saudi Arabia make it “utterly complicit in the destruction of Yemen,” Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) activist Andrew Smith, speaking on RT’s Going Underground said. The government has committed to billions of pounds worth of arms deals with Saudi Arabia, one of the UK armaments industry’s largest customers. The Islamic fundamentalist kingdom is driving the coalition waging an air-and-sea campaign against Houthi forces in Yemen. The fighting has led to 10,000 deaths and left millions more in need of humanitarian aid as supplies of food, pure water and medical supplies cannon reach the beleaguered nation.

The UK/Saudi relationship is such that the kingdom’s Crown Prince and effective ruler Mohammad bin Salman will visit the UK on March 7. Bin Salman’s visit is expected to be the precursor for further UK-Saudi arms deals. The Prince will be entertained by members of the British Royal Family at Windsor Castle.

CAAT is one of several groups organizing protests against visit. In the interview with Afshin Rattansi, Smith attacked the UK government and foreign secretary for hypocrisy, stating: “Even Boris Johnson has called it [Yemen] the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, yet it’s a humanitarian crisis caused in part by weapons licensed by Boris Johnson and his colleague.

That condemnation may embarrass the government as the UK stands accused of concealing the extent of its support for Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen. A significant increase in the number of arms-export licenses from the UK to Saudi Arabia has been revealed by the Middle East Eye.

Since 2015 and the start of the war in Yemen, the UK has reportedly used standard arms licenses to sign off on over $6.4 billion of arms deals to Saudi Arabia. The deals have included fighter jets and munitions.

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