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Civil War in Yemen

Yemen is a country which has been gripped in conflict and civil war since March of 2015. Houthi militia and deposed Saudi president Saleh are fighting against the Saudi backed forces of president Hadi and anti-Houthi militia. Both sides are fighting against Al-Qaeda and ISIS and all stand accused of war crimes.

The U.S. and UK governments are currently backing the Saudi lead coalition which has used British cluster bombs to kill thousands in Yemen. Much of these sales were done by the U.S. and over looked by the ever incompetent Hillary Clinton and her state department but the British government has sold £2.9 billions worth of weapons to the Saudi government. Including £1 billions worth of bombs. Im writing this post because I believe these sales are in direct violation of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Amnesty international, the United Nations, the European Union, Oxfam, Safer World, and Human Rights Watch have all acknowledged the use of British-Saudi weapons in Yemen but our government refuses too. Our Yemen correspondent, Sir Alan Duncan even denies that Saudi Arabia is a dictatorship. But the UK still remains a parliamentary democracy, and there are steps we can take. If you're a UK citizen please take the time to write to your local MP, sign parliamentary petitions and support Oxfam's work in the region. 

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