As the British government launches military action in Syria, a new film has exposed the hypocrisy of Theresa May’s position. Because the prime minister has condemned the “barbaric” targeting of civilians in Syria. But civilians in Yemen are also allegedly targeted with British-made bombs and warplanes.
“Complete disregard for human life”
A coalition led by Saudi Arabia started attacking Yemen in March 2015. According to the UN, over 5,000civilians had been killed in Yemen up to August 2017. Over eight million people are at risk of starvation and the country is suffering the worst cholera outbreak in history.
Britain sold £4.6bn of weapons to Saudi Arabia in the first two years of the conflict. In December 2017, nearly 70 Yemeni civilians were killed in airstrikes on a market and a farm. The UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Yemen said:
These incidents prove the complete disregard for human life that all parties, including the Saudi-led Coalition, continue to show.
Disarming the weapons
In January 2017, after years of campaigning against arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Sam Walton and Dan Woodhouse broke into a BAE Systems’ factory in Lancashire. Their plan was to disarm warplanes being sold to Saudi Arabia for use in the war against Yemen.
Now Real Media has made a short film about their action. In it Sam describes seeing a photograph of the casing of a bomb fragment with its markings intact in a blown up food store in Yemen. He says: