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Here is what you don’t know about Britain role in killing Yemenis

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Saudi Arabian air force crew has been trained by Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) over the past four years as part of a secret deal, a report says.

The Daily Mail can disclose that 111 RAF personnel have been , during the first five months of this year, seconded to BAE Systems to train Royal Saudi Air Force aircrew and provide engineering support, including 21 sent .

 34 RAF personnel were sent there in 2015, with 30 the following year and 26 in 2017, added the report .

“These personnel were all seconded to BAE Systems to provide training support to Royal Saudi Air Force aircrew and routine aircraft engineering support,” British defense minister Guto Bebb said in a written statement.

In addition, high-ranking British military advisers are in their control rooms to assist the Saudi-led coalition, which has been striking Yemen s, killing and wounding about 60,000 since 2015.

BAE sources, for its part, have denied any involvement in military operations.

Some UK officers have also been sharing targeting techniques for several years and, according to Riyadh, they have access to the “target list”.

According to a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, “All UK military personnel in Saudi Arabia are under UK command and control. We have an ongoing and wide- ranging defense engagement relationship with Saudi Arabia, which has included the provision of training courses and advice and guidance”.

In March this year Britain and Saudi Arabia signed a controversial aid agreement worth £100 million.

London is already the target of strong criticism from rights groups for its multibillion-pound arms sales to Saudi Arabia, during the kingdom’s fatal war on Yemen.

In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 60,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.

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