U.K. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Ruled Lawful by London's High Court

Court rejected an order to block export licences for British-made bombs, fighter jets and other munitions to Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting in Yemen's civil war

In this Jun. 9, 2017 file photo, people stand on the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen
AP Photo/Hani Mohammed

London's High Court rejected on Monday a claim by campaigners that Britain's multi-billion-pound arms sales to Saudi Arabia should be halted because they were being used in Yemen in violation of international humanitarian law.

The Campaign Against The Arms Trade (CAAT) had sought an order to block export licences for British-made bombs, fighter jets and other munitions which it said the Saudi-led Arab coalition was using in a campaign against Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen's civil war.

"The claimant's claim for judicial review is dismissed," the High Court judgement said.