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ISSUE 11

MONEY AND BOMBS

Arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a country with an indigenous population of only 12.6 million, have been the mainstay of the UK’s arms trade for decades.  All the while British weapons are being used in ongoing civil war in Yemen, where the UN says Saudi-led forces have been bombing “trapped civilians”.

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Saudi forces have engaged in widespread violations of international humanitarian law in the conflict in Yemen since March 2015 and there is significant evidence that UK weapons and training have played a key role in these crimes.

British governments have long regarded the Gulf states as essential partners in securing the free flow of oil and gas which sustains the global economy, as well as enabling direct UK military presence in an unstable region considered crucial to national interests. Arms sales, and military training programmes, can be understood as key tools used to ensure the stability of friendly regimes in a vital region, in exchange for energy, bases and markets.





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