Imagine a boat full of innocent refugees, men, women and children, being machine-gunned by a helicopter gunship leaving dozens dead and many more wounded. Wouldn't that make the headlines in the media and lead to very vocal condemnation by the government? Not in the UK. And, perhaps, the reason is that the perpetrators of the crime happens to be one of Britain's biggest weapons customers.
Many people in the UK are still unaware of the extent of the bloody civil war in the Yemen and the large-scale bombing being led by Saudi Arabia. A poll shows only 49% Britons know of civil war as it enters third year of bloodshed. The figure was even lower for the 18 to 24 age group, where only 37 per cent were aware of the Yemen conflict
More than 10,000 people have been killed, three million, displaced and 14 million facing starvation. Fewer than half of Yemen’s health facilities are operational as aid agencies struggle to access war-torn regions with lifesaving medicine, and around 1,000 children die every week from preventable diseases like diarrhoea and respiratory infections.