Dubai (AFP) – In Yemen, a civilian is killed every three hours, Oxfam said Friday, calling on the United States, Britain and European states to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which has been working in this country since 2015 at the head of a military coalition.
“One civilian has been killed every three hours in fighting in Yemen since early August and many others succumb to disease and hunger,” the NGO said in a statement.
Relying on information collected by the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project, linked to the UN Global Protection Cluster, Oxfam points out that 575 civilians, including 136 children, were killed between 1 August and 15 October.
“Oxfam calls on Britain, the United States and other governments to suspend Saudi arms sales because of their disregard for the lives of civilians in the war in Yemen,” the NGO statement said .
Saudi Arabia has been working in Yemen for the past three years leading a military coalition that includes the United Arab Emirates in support of government forces in the face of Houthi rebels backed by Iran.
According to the UN, the conflict has claimed the lives of some 10,000 people – human rights NGOs say the death toll will be five times higher – mostly civilians, and the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the UN .
In this poor country in the Arabian Peninsula, where 75% of the population depends on humanitarian aid, 14 million civilians are threatened by famine, according to the United Nations.
Following the scandal caused by the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed on October 2 at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, calls to suspend arms sales in Riyadh were launched by humanitarian organizations and NGOs defending human rights. human rights.
Saudi Arabia is the largest purchaser of US weapons.