An Oxfam report published on Wednesday says that US and UK weapons used in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 87 civilians and wounded 136 others in just over a year.
The report, which covered the period between January 2021 and February 2022, said that the UK government has ignored a “pattern of harm,” arguing that it amounts to legal grounds for Britain to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
In addition to the reported 87 civilian deaths, Oxfam claims that the Saudi-led coalition's air strikes were responsible for at least 19 attacks on hospitals, clinics, and ambulances; 293 attacks that forced people to flee their homes; and widespread destruction of vital infrastructure.
The report comes only a day after the US military seized over 2k rifles destined for Yemen from a fishing boat in the Gulf of Oman using a route allegedly frequented by Iranian smugglers supplying the Houthis.
Oxfam’s claims also come ahead of a legal challenge put forward by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) against the UK government for supplying weapons used in Yemen’s war, with Oxfam supporting CAAT's challenge.
The war in Yemen began in 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthis captured the country’s capital, Sanaa, thus pushing the internationally recognized government into exile. A Saudi and Emirati-led coalition then entered the war on the side of the government the following year.
Establishment-critical narrative, as provided by Inkstick. The West's role in the influx of weapons in the conflict— and by extension, its role in the country's crisis — can't be overlooked. As it hypocritically denounces Iran's suspected supply of weapons, Western countries themselves continue to heavily arm Saudi Arabia in the hopes of cozying up with the oil-rich nation, and innocent civilians are paying the price.
Pro-establishment narrative, as provided by Financial Times. The West's involvement in the conflict goes far beyond Saudi Arabia's worth as an ally; it's a response to the Iran-backed Houthis, who are a terrorist organization. Even though the Saudis have met some of the Houthis’ demands, the rebels won’t let up, leaving the Saudis with no choice but to continue their efforts.