Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV have reported that Saudi Arabia has intercepted two missiles fired at the country by Yemen’s armed Houthi movement.
The attack follows airstrikes by the Saudi military on the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
The Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen began in 2015 to influence the outcome of the Yemeni Civil War. Saudi Arabia, spearheading a coalition of nine Arab states, began carrying out airstrikes in neighbouring Yemen and imposing an aerial and naval blockade in March, heralding a military intervention codenamed Operation Decisive Storm.
The UK is the biggest supplier of arms to Saudi Arabia, and London immediately expressed strong support for the Saudi-led campaign.
Six months into the bombing, Oxfam said the UK was “quietly fuelling the Yemen conflict and exacerbating one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises” by keeping its arms pipeline to Saudi Arabia open; the Campaign Against Arms Trade agreed that “UK arms and UK cooperation have been central to the devastation of Yemen.”
In mid-September 2015, the deputy chief executive of Oxfam complained that the government even refused to reveal to Parliament the details of the 37 arms export licences it had granted for sales to Saudi Arabia since March that year.
The attack on Yemen saw sales of UK bombs for 2015 increase from £9m to over £1bn in three months. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have shown that UK arms are being used on civilian targets.