Britain confesses selling cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia
An official report shows that Britain exported 500 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia in the 1980s which may have been used in the current war against Yemen.
It is the first time the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed how many of the British-made devices have been exported to Saudi Arabia, RT reported.
In a letter to the Conservative MP Philip Hollobone, seen by the Press Association, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The UK delivered 500 BL755 cluster munitions under a government-to-government agreement signed in 1986. The final delivery was made in 1989.”
Fallon said the UK had not been able to carry out any surveillance of the weapons until 2008.
Last month, Fallon said although the UK had not supplied such weapons to Saudi Arabia since 1989, a “limited number” of cluster munitions from the UK were being dropped by Saudi-led forces in Yemen.
The British defense secretary said he had asked the Saudis to destroy their remaining stock of UK-supplied cluster munitions, to which they reportedly agreed.
He told a House of Commons inquiry he did not know how many had been exported, but was satisfied the use of the bombs had not breached international law. The revelations are likely to pile more pressure on the UK to stop selling arms to the Saudis.
In November, Britain refused to stop selling arms to Riyadh, rejecting calls by two parliamentary committees and human rights groups.
The UK has also been involved in training Saudi forces in air warfare skills and artillery.
Thousands of innocent people have lost their lives in Yemen as a result of such weapons.