Alwaght- Britain is redirecting precision-guided bombs meant only for its air force to Saudi Arabia to enable the Persian Gulf monarchy build up a supply of the bombs it is using in its brutal aggression against in Yemen.
Both Saudi and British air forces use the precision-guided Paveway IV bomb on BAE Systems-supplied Tornado and Typhoon jets, Defense News reported.
The Saudi regime air force has been using the highly accurate, 500-pound bombs in its airstrikes against Yemeni civilians.
Earlier this week, the UK Ministry of Defense, responding to a House of Lords question regarding the amount of assistance Britain had given the Saudi regime in its aggression on Yemen, said:
"We are not participating directly in Saudi-led military operations in Yemen, but we are providing technical support, precision-guided weapons and exchanging information with the Saudi Arabian armed forces through pre-existing arrangements."
Anti-arms trade campaigners have criticized Britain's support of the Saudis in the conflict in Yemen.
"The Saudi bombing has created a humanitarian catastrophe and now we know the UK weapons have contributed to it," Andrew Smith, of Campaign Against the Arms Trade, said in an interview with RT.
"With the destruction of Yemen and the intensifying crackdown on dissent in Saudi Arabia, the UK government is sending the message that human rights and democracy are less important than arms sales."
Riyadh launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Saudi Arabia.
Yemeni sources say more than 4,750 people have been killed since Riyadh started its deadly airstrikes against it impoverished neighbor. Most of the victims of the Saudi war on Yemen are civilians including children, women and the elderly. The brutal Saudi attacks have also not spared civilian infrastructure including hospitals, schools, mosques, bridges, food factories and aid convoys.