UK arms exports to Saudis to continue amid record missile sales

The UK saw its largest quarterly increase in arms export to Saudi Arabia since the Kingdom began their bombing campaign in Yemen, official figures reveal. And last night, in a debate on Yemen in parliament, the government showed no sign of aligning with President Biden’s commitment, announced last week, to stop arming Saudi Arabia’s offensive […]

A Force For Good? Britain’s Overseas Military Alliances Held Up to Scrutiny

The prospect of a new post-Brexit Global Britain is a chance to be “a force for good in the world,” according to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a Sunday Telegraph article he wrote just over a year ago. And the past year has shown that Mr Raab’s ambitions are certainly matched by those of the […]

UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Country overview The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, located in the Arabian Peninsula, has a population of 32 million and enjoys a powerful political position both regionally and internationally. This is mainly due to its role as one of the world’s biggest oil exporting countries. Saudi Arabia is a monarchy, and King Salman bin Abdulaziz […]

State of Crisis: Explosive Weapons in Yemen

Yemen is the worst country for civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapon use in the first seven months of 2015, says a new publication produced by UK-based charity AOAV and UN OCHA. In March 2015, a complex and long-running political crisis in Yemen rapidly escalated into all-out conflict. President Hadi fled the country after Houthi rebels […]

Explosive violence in May 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In May 2015, AOAV recorded a total of 3,696 deaths and injuries from […]

One of the world’s oldest jewels: UNESCO condemns bombing of Yemen’s Old City

The head of the UN’s cultural heritage organisation has today issued a stinging condemnation of an aerial bombing raid which killed five people and destroyed ancient historic buildings in the heart of the Yemen capital city of Sana’a. “I am profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as by the damage inflicted […]

Explosive violence in March 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. March saw 3,135 casualties of explosive violence worldwide. 78% of these were civilians […]

A step backwards: sale of US cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia

Today’s announcement of a massive deal for US firm Textron to make more than a thousand new cluster bombs for Saudi Arabia is a regressive step that goes against the norms of the treaty that outlawed these weapons in 2008. In a deal announced today, Saudi Arabia will buy 1,300 new CBU-105 cluster bombs. The […]

The Dirty Dozen of Cluster Munitions

More than half the world has so far joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions. 85 countries are left to do so, 12 of which have a proven record of using cluster munitions in the past. Click here to learn more about cluster munitions and their deadly legacy.