Exports contributed to indiscriminate civilian deaths in Saudi-led bombing campaign, court of appeal rules

British arms sales to Saudi Arabia that were used in Yemen have been declared unlawful by the court of appeal because they contributed to indiscriminate civilian casualties in the bombing campaign from forces led by the Gulf kingdom.

The ruling from three senior judges follows a challenge brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade, which had accused the UK government of licensing arms sales when there was a clear risk that their use could breach international humanitarian law.

Related: ‘The Saudis couldn’t do it without us’: the UK’s true role in Yemen’s deadly war

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