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UK Supplied $4Bln Worth of Arms to Saudi Arabia in 1st Year of Yemen Conflict

© REUTERS / Faisal Al Nasser/FilesSenior army commander Abdullah al-Sahian (C), who commands the Saudi forces in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, talks to his soldiers in their base in Aden, in this September 28, 2015 file photo
Senior army commander Abdullah al-Sahian (C), who commands the Saudi forces in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, talks to his soldiers in their base in Aden, in this September 28, 2015 file photo - Sputnik International
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London sold arms for over than 3 billion pounds ($3.9 billion) worth to Saudi Arabia during the first year of the Yemeni conflict, according to local media.

People stand around damages made by a Saudi-led airstrike on a bridge in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Yemen has been left fragmented by war pitting Shiite Houthi rebels and military units loyal to a former president against a US-backed, Saudi-led coalition supporting the internationally recognized government. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United Kingdom sold over 3 billion pounds ($3.9 billion) worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia during the first year of the Saudi-led intervention in the Yemeni conflict, UK media reported Wednesday.

Contracts worth 2.2 billion pounds for the supply of various manned aircraft and drones to Saudi Arabia were signed by the UK government between April 2015 and March 2016, and a further 1.1 billion pounds worth of bombs, missiles and other explosives and 430,000 pounds worth of armored vehicles and tanks were supplied in the same period, the Independent newspaper reported.

Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the Aden-based government with the Saudi-led coalition backing on one side and Houthi rebels allied with the General People’s Congress (GPC) and army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the other, for over a year. The coalition has been accused by the United Nations and humanitarian organizations of indiscriminately bombing civilians and killing hundreds of children.

People inspect a house destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes that killed a TV director, his wife, and three children in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The UK government has repeatedly been blamed by humanitarian organizations, including Oxfam and Amnesty International, for fueling the Yemeni conflict by supplying Saudi Arabia with arms. The United Kingdom was also accused of supplying Saudi Arabia with cluster bombs, which are explosive weapons containing large numbers of smaller sub-munitions and prohibited by the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

The accusations have been denied by the government, with former Foreign Secretary Philipp Hammond stating that Saudi Arabia was complying with international human rights laws in Yemen.

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