Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trump visits Saudi Arabia amid Yemen war

The White House said on Saturday that it has concluded an arms deal with Riyadh worth $350 billion over 10 years, with $110 billion set to take effect immediately.

It hailed the deal as “a significant expansion of… [the] security relationship” between the two close allies.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the U.S. delivered major weapons to at least 100 countries in 2012 – 2016, adding that Saudi Arabia has been the largest recipient, accounting for 13 percent of Washington’s arms exports.

This is while the Saudi regime has been engaged in an extensive military campaign against neighboring Yemen for 2 years, claiming the lives of more than 11,000 people and injuring many more.

Human Rights Watch said earlier this month that they had counted a total of 81 attacks from the Saudi-led coalition, some likely amounting to war crimes. The Saudis attacked hospitals, markets, schools, and religious centers, the HRW noted.

The Saudi-led coalition has also used banned cluster munitions and apparently unlawful strikes killing civilians, it added.

The United Nations appealed for $2.1 billion last month to prevent the “starving of an entire generation” in Yemen.

“On average, a child under the age of five dies of preventable causes in Yemen every 10 minutes,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in Geneva.



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