UK Court Allows Appeal Against Arms Sales to Saudi

UK Court Allows Appeal Against Arms Sales to SaudiUK Court Allows Appeal Against Arms Sales to Saudi

A court in the UK has decided to hear an appeal against a ruling that allows the British government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.

Two judges of the Court of Appeal granted permission for the plea on Friday, according to the Campaign Against Arms Trade, Aljazeera reported.

The campaign group challenged a High Court decision last July that found the granting of licenses for arms exports from Britain to Saudi Arabia lawful. CAAT took its case to the Court of Appeal, which said the case will be heard in the months ahead.

CAAT warned that British-made fighter jets, bombs and other munitions were being used by a Saudi-led military coalition that intervened in Yemen’s conflict in 2015, leading to widespread destruction in the country.

Andrew Smith, a spokesperson for CAAT, said the group was confident of winning the appeal.

“The Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen has killed thousands of people and created one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world,” he said in a statement.

“Despite this, the Saudi regime has been armed and supported every step of the way by successive UK governments. We believe that these arms sales are immoral, and are confident that the Court of Appeal will agree that they are unlawful,” Smith said.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since Saudi Arabia’s alliance started targeting Yemen.

It has carried out thousands of air raids against the Houthi movement that controls much of north Yemen including the capital Sanaa. Errant air raids have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

The three-year conflict has pushed Yemen to the brink of widespread famine and triggered a cholera epidemic that has infected about a million people.

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