Last Wednesday, Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia visited UK. In his trip he met the Queen, the PM & other authorities. Despite all the advertisings in social media, newspapers, mobiles, and billboards across the London to welcome the Prince, people didn’t forget the prince’s participation massive massacre in Yemen, where the Saudi-led coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians, and blocking the borders which led to outbreak of Cholera affecting 31,421 of Yemenis so far.
According to the statistics given by UN, over 9,000 people have been killed in Yemen. More than 52,000 have also been injured in the war began in March 2015. To make it worse, more than 22 million of Yemenis need help. According to the activists, UK sold aircraft, helicopters, drones, and weapons worth £4.6 billion (US$6.4 billion).
UK’s rolling out the red carpet for the crown prince means ignoring what Saudi Arabia did in Yemen and other Middle East countries, which made the Britons and also civil and human rights campaigners angry. As was expected, to the surprise of no-one, Saudi Arabia and Britain again signed a huge new arms deal.
Although people, authorities, and even other countries asked UK to stop selling weapons Saudi Arabia, UK signed a new deal in light of massive civilian casualties and a humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
“This is a positive step towards agreeing a contract for our valued partner. We are committed to supporting the kingdom as it modernizes the Saudi Armed Forces and develops key industrial capabilities critical to the delivery of Vision 2030,” said BAE.
48 Typhoon fighter jets will be sold to the Saudis, British firm BAE Systems confirmed. Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “This shameful deal will be celebrated in the palaces of Riyadh and by the arms companies who will profit from it, but it will mean even greater destruction for the people of Yemen.”
“For decades now, successive UK governments have enjoyed a toxic and damaging relationship with the Saudi regime. By rolling out the red carpet for the Crown Prince, Theresa May has shown how low she will sink to maintain it,” he continued.
“Yemen has endured three years of bombardment and one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. UK arms companies have profited every step of the way. If May really cares for the rights of people being repressed in Saudi Arabia, or bombed in Yemen, then she must stop arming and supporting the brutal Saudi dictatorship,” he added.