"The Saudi regime is one of the most oppressive in the world, but it has always been able to count on the uncritical support of the UK government. Between 2010-15 the Coalition licensed £4 billion [over $6 billion] worth of arms to the Saudis," Smith stated.
"Since then we have seen the destruction of Yemen, with UK arms, but nothing has changed. The message this sends out is that profits for arms companies like BAE are more important than the human rights of Saudi citizens," the human rights watchdog spokesman observed.
On September 28, media reported that Saudi warplanes bombed a wedding celebration in the village of Wahijah, near the port of Mokha on the Red Sea, killing at least 131 people, including eight children.
On Wednesday, an airstrike carried out by the forces of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen killed at least 47 people and injured over 30 at a wedding party held at a private residence in Dhamar province, about 50 miles south of the country’s capital Sanaa.