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    London Fuels 'Brutal War' in Yemen Supplying Riyadh With Cluster Bombs

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    Oxfam UK Chief Executive Mark Goldring said Monday in a statement that the United Kingdom fuels "brutal war" in Yemen by supplying Saudi Arabia, which is involved in the conflict, with cluster bombs.

    EDINBURGH (Sputnik) — On Monday, prominent rights advocacy group Amnesty International published evidences revealing the fact that Saudi Arabia had used UK-manufactured "BL-755" cluster bombs in Yemen against the Houthi rebel group.

    "This underlines a simple truth — Britain's arms sales and technical military support are fuelling a brutal war in Yemen," Goldring said, speaking about the information, revealed by the watchdog.

    He added that the conflict in Yemen left more than 80 percent of population in urgent need of aid and called on London to "halt all support for this war and put pressure on all involved to stop the reckless disregard of civilians' safety."

    Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels, the country’s main opposition force. The Houthis are backed by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    Since March 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been carrying out airstrikes against Houthi positions at Hadi's request.

    Cluster munitions are explosive weapons that contain and release large numbers of smaller sub-munitions over a wide area. The use of cluster bombs is prohibited by the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, which has been signed by 108 countries and ratified or acceded by 100.

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