Labour Party: UK Government Responsible Deaths Of Innocent Children In Yemen
Saudi Arabia’s deadly war on Yemen causing many deaths
According to the Britsh Labour party, led by opposition Jeremy Corbyn, the UK government is responsible for the deaths of many children as a result of Saudi Arabia’s deadly war on Yemen.
Corbyn grilled Prime Minister Theresa May during the latest Prime Minister’s Question (PMQ's) at the house of Commons on Wednesday, accusing her administration of “colluding” in war crimes against the people in Yemen.
The criticism was inflated by the arrival of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was warmly welcomed by the UK government on his three-day trip aimed to boost military ties between London and Riyadh.
PressTV reports: Here's a brief look into the long history of military cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the UK and how those weapons ended up being used against Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a war on Yemen in March 2015 to reinstall its former Riyadh-allied government. The military aggression has so far killed over 13,600 Yemenis.
Leading the war is bin Salman, who is also Saudi Arabia’s defense minister. The Saudi military has enjoyed strong logistic and intelligence support by the US and the UK over the course of the deadly war.
“This Government is responsible for the decisions that are being taken to support this military campaign and support this aerial bombing campaign of Yemen, and has directed British military personnel to take part in advising the targeting of aerial operations in Yemen,” Corbyn’s spokesman said after the debate.
Over 5,000 children were killed by Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen since it began in March 2015, says a report by the UN children's agency.
“The consequence of that has been significant and extensive of targeting of civilian infrastructure and very large numbers of civilian casualties, including very large numbers of children,” he added.
Over 5,000 children have been killed by Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen since it began in March 2015, according to a report by the UN children's agency UNICEF that was published in January.
The report added that at least two million Yemeni children were out of school and that 400,000 were facing malnourishment.
Although May noted during the PMQ that she would raise humanitarian concerns about Yemen in his meeting with bin Salman, she underlined her government’s support for the Saudi-led war.