UK Government reveals excessive breaches of international law by Saudi forces in Yemen

Ahmed Farooq, International Law Officer

16 Jul 2020

The UK Ministry of Defence has logged more than five hundred air raids by Saudi-led coalitions in Yemen, all of which constitute probable violations of international law.

The revelation came after the UK resumed arms sales to the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The UK government justified the arms export on the assertion that the raids in Yemen were isolated events with no discernable consistency. However, when the UK Defence Minister was later questioned as to how many violations of international law were committed by Saudi forces in Yemen since 2015, he disclosed that the number of known infringements of international humanitarian law documented by the Ministry of Defense was five hundred and sixteen.

The Campaign Against Arms Trade, a UK based organization working towards the abolition of international weapon exports, has now stated its intent to challenge the UK government’s decision to restart arms trading with Saudi Arabia.