The British Government is putting its status as a global humanitarian power on stake as it continue to sell arms to Yemen where the conflict is killing at least three children every day, said a charity organisation.
Save the Children report said that Britain ‘gives the impression that diplomatic relations and arms sales trump lives’ as death toll rises from the airstrikes in Yemen, the Guardian reported.
The international charity has accused the UK of appearing to put politics and profit above the protection of children.
Edward Santiago, Save the Children’s country director in Yemen said that the UK prides itself on being a world leader on responding to humanitarian crises but “its reluctance to publicly condemn the human cost of conflict in Yemen gives the impression that diplomatic relations and arms sales trump the lives of Yemen’s children.”
The UN estimates that some 4,500 civilians were killed or injured by these weapons in Yemen during the first seven months of this year, more than died or were wounded in any other country or crisis over the same period.