Amnesty blasts US, UK for Saudi arms deals

Amnesty International has condemned the US and UK for their “shameful” weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia, saying Washington and London are fuelling the serious human rights violations and devastating civilian casualties in Yemen committed by Riyadh.  

“The USA and UK are fueling serious violations that have caused devastating civilian suffering through multibillion-dollar arms transfers to Saudi Arabia that vastly overshadow their humanitarian efforts,” the UK-based human rights group said in a statement on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia launched a war against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to bring back former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to power and undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, fled Yemen after a popular uprising against his corrupt government.

London and Washington have been providing logistic and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia, while equipping the kingdom’s military forces with a wide…

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