The British government gave the go-ahead to £3.3 billion in arms exports to Saudi Arabia during the first year of that country’s bombardment of Yemen, new figures show.
The UK has ignored repeated calls to stop selling the autocratic petro-state bombs and other military equipment as allegations and reports of war crimes and the targeting of civilians continue to emerge.
Between April 2015 and March 2016 the UK signed off exports of £2.2 billion worth of so-called ML10 licenses – which include equipment like drones, helicopters, and other aircraft.
£1.1 billion worth of ML4 licenses were issued – relating to bombs, missiles, grenades, and countermeasures. The UK also signed off £430,000 of licenses for armored vehicles and tanks.