The UK has approved 122 military licences to the value of £2.8bn to Saudi Arabia since the regime started its widely condemned bombing campaign in Yemen last March, it has been revealed.

Saudi Arabia is the biggest recipient of UK arms by a significant margin, and since 2010 has received military equipment worth £6.7bn, according to official government figures collated by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

The report says the Saudi-led civil conflict in Yemen had resulted in the deaths of 6,400 people – half of them civilians – and displaced millions of others.

The House of Commons International Development Committee and the European Parliament have both called for an arms embargo to be placed on the Kingdom, but the UK Government has continued to support the autocratic state.

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