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Save the Children statement

 

Today - May 4, 2018 - the Court of Appeal ruled that campaigners can appeal the legality of arms sales to Saudi Arabia. 

A Save the Children spokesperson said:

“We welcome the Court of Appeal’s decision, but the battle isn’t over yet. The UK Government continues to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia despite the risk those same weapons could be used against civilians in the brutal war in Yemen. Since the beginning of the conflict at least 6,000 children have been killed or injured in what the UN describes as an ‘entirely manmade’ catastrophe. More than 16,000 air raids have occurred across the country, including attacks on schools, hospitals and markets - one air raid every ninety minutes for the last three years. During the same period the UK has licensed £4.6 billion worth of arms to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. All while Yemen has become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. The UK Government has both a moral and legal obligation to ensure British-made weapons aren’t killing and maiming children in Yemen.”

 

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