“NO SAUDI ATROCITY TOO MUCH” TO HALT UK’S LUCRATIVE ARMS EXPORTS.
On this day in 2018, Emily Thornberry, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, reminded parliament of British collusion with Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign against Yemen which had created what the United Nations described as the world’s worst humitarian crisis. She told members of the House of Commons
“It seems as though no Saudi atrocity is too much and no Saudi behaviour cannot be excused so that the government’s inaction at the United Nations and its lucrative trade in arms can be allowed to continue.”
In the previous month alone the United Nations estimated that there had been 981 civilian casualties, of whom over 300 were children, as a result of the bombing.
BRITAIN TESTS NUCLEAR BOMB OVER CHRISTMAS ISLAND
On this day in 1958 Britain conducted an atmospheric nuclear test over Christmas Island.
- Emily Thornberry quoted in Sam Tobin, “Government under fire over Saudi arms sales,” the Morning Star, 12 September 2018, p5.
- Sam Tobin, “Government under fire over Saudi arms sales,” the Morning Star, 12 September 2018, p5.