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Amnesty: UK must stop arms trading with Saudi Arabia

Amnesty International has called on the UK to stop arms trading with Saudi Arabia after evidence emerged of widespread civilian casualties in Saudi airstrikes in Yemen.

Amnesty International said the “damning evidence of war crimes” should lead to an investigation into the bombing. According to the organization, an investigation into 13 Saudi airstrikes in Yemen between May and July showed that they killed 100 civilians and injured more than 60 others.

“In at least four of the airstrikes investigated, homes attacked were struck more than once, suggesting that they had been the intended targets despite no evidence they were being used for military purposes,” Amnesty said.

The call comes as British Prime Minister David Cameron has affirmed his support for the country’s relationship with the Saudi Arabia.

“We have a relationship with Saudi Arabia and if you want to know why, I’ll tell you why. It’s because we receive from them important intelligence and security information that keeps us safe. The reason we have the relationship is our own national security,” he said.

Earlier, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn had denounced the UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Cameron is also under pressure for supporting Saudi regime which is accused of violent human rights.

 

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