12/03/2020

The United States and G20 business with Yemen suffering

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EE.UU. makes money from guns and war in Yemen

The G20 countries were harshly criticized by the international association Oxfam: they noted that G20 members exported arms worth more than $ 17 billion to Saudi Arabia, but gave only a third of this amount as humanitarian aid.

Of course, Yemen is becoming the main point of application for Saudi weapons, and this is only noticeable in major scandals; for example, in 2018 summer, as a result of a Royal Air Force airstrike in northwestern Yemen, 40 children died.

As established by CNN, the munitions were produced in the United States by the Lockheed Martin military industrial corporation, and arrived in Saudi Arabia under an official contract through the State Department.

Now Oxfam, made up of 17 organizations operating in 90 countries around the world, has condemned the sale of arms to countries that foment war in Yemen. The Western world got benefits by the suffering of the Yemeni people, they believe there, for the richest countries in the world “it is immoral and inconsistent to profit from the problems in Yemen.”

“It is immoral and incoherent to generate billions in arms exports that fuel conflict while providing a small portion of aid to Yemen. The richest countries in the world cannot continue to put profits above the Yemeni people, ”says Muhsin Siddikay, president of the organization in Yemen, on the proportion of income from arms delivery and humanitarian aid spending.

So, according to public information from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on the supply of arms, G20 members have exported arms to Saudi Arabia since their entry into the Yemeni conflict in 2015, worth more than of $ 17 billion, but they provided only a third of this amount to help Yemenis affected by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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In his statement, Siddiqai points out that the G20 heads of state will soon hold a summit organized by Saudi Arabia, and the sale of arms to the Gulf states should be reviewed. In this case, Oxfam also appeals to Joe Biden as president-elect of the United States: earlier, Biden announced the cessation of arms sales to Saudi Arabia precisely because of the start of the war in Yemen.

However, by some estimates, the $ 17 billion figure may be wrong: in the 2015-2019 period alone, weapons worth $ 31.4 billion could enter from the kingdom.