Brighton Councillors demand investigation into Yemen’s issue
A COUNCIL leader has written a letter to the Government demanding an investigation into a company linked with an attack on a civilian target.
After a 2016 attack on a water pump factory in Yemen, United Nations inspectors found bomb parts registered to the Brighton address of arms manufacturer EDO-MBM Technology.
The UN found the attack “violated international humanitarian law”.Brighton and Hove city councillors discussed the firm’s Moulsecoomb factory in a July meeting.But now 33 councillors, including leader Nancy Platts, have sent a letter to Defence Secretary Ben Wallace demanding an investigation into the incident.
It called on the Government to suspend the firm’s export licences while it investigates.Cllr Platts added: “I wish the EDO-MBM factory was not based in Brighton but that is outside our powers.”EDO-MBM has been contacted for comment.
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 600,000 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.