SANA’A – International humanitarian organisation Oxfam has called on the United States, the United Kingdom and other European nations to cease all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and to immediately enact a weapons embargo against the Riyadh regime.
“Since August, one civilian is killed every three hours in Yemen, and many others are died because of disease and hunger,” an Oxfam spokesperson stated in an interview to Agence France-Presse. The organisation published figures collected by the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project, which is linked to the United Nations Global Protection Group, showing that 575 civilians, including 136 children, were killed in Yemen between 1 August and 15 October of 2018.
Yemen is currently suffering the worst humanitarian disaster in the world, with 14 million Yemenis facing acute famine and in dire risk of death by starvation. According to local humanitarian organisations, over 40,000 civilians have been massacred directly by Saudi airstrikes, that are directly coordinated with US and UK military intelligence.
Despite numerous reports of targeted airstrikes on civilian targets and deliberate use of starvation as a weapon of war, both of whom are war crimes according to international law, nations such as the UK and US continue to support the Saudi kingdom economically and militarily.