The Workers Party of Britain believes that the war against Yemen by Saudi Arabia and directly supported by UK military personnel and equipment is unlawful and not in the interest of the Yemeni or British working people.
The war has resulted in a cholera epidemic and more than 70 million people facing the threat of starvation. Infant mortality in Yemen is now estimated to result in one infant death every 10 minutes.
More than 100,000 people have been killed since March 2015 and Saudi forces have routinely targeted civilians whilst supported by British military personnel and equipment.
The Workers Party of Britain recognises the bravery of Lance-Corporal Ahmed Al-Babati’s protest in Whitehall on 24 August 2020 and his refusal to continue to serve in the British army for as long as it is involved in the war in Yemen.
The Workers Party of Britain calls for:
- The cessation of arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
- The withdrawal of all UK military personnel and equipment from Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
- The immediate and unconditional release of Lance Corporal Ahmed Al-Babati.
WPB Members Council, October 2020