Canada’s bloody hands in the war on Yemen
After footage was released following the group’s cross-border operation against Saudi forces, still images began to circulate appearing to show captured or destroyed Canadian-made light armoured vehicles (LAVs).
Though it is not clear which side of the Saudi-Yemen border the vehicles were captured, the revelation has triggered fresh calls for Ottawa to cancel its $15 billion arms deal with Riyadh – to provide the kingdom with the latest models of the LAVs.
The video footage shows at least five damaged or destroyed LAVs produced by General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS-C) along with other armoured vehicles and seized munitions. Experts have identified the Canadian vehicles as the LAV-25 model.
Canada has previously been accused of ignoring Saudi Arabia human rights’ abuses in exchange for oil supplies after it was revealed that Saudi oil continued to flow into Ottowa as usual despite relations between the two turning rocky following Canada’s criticism of Riyadh’s human rights record last year.
According to Global Affairs Canada statistics, Saudi Arabia was the largest non-US export destination for Canada’s defence industry in 2018, receiving approximately $1.2 billion in Canadian military exports.
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.