British government signed off £4bn of arms exports to Saudi Arabia

saudinews5s54sf54s4f5The British government gave the go-ahead to £4 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 petrostate 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 £2.2bn worth of so-called ML10 licences – which include equipment like drones, helicopters, and other aircraft.