Every three hours a civilian is killed in Yemen, Oxfam said Friday, calling on the United States, Britain and European states to suspend weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.
“One civilian has been killed every three hours in fighting in Yemen since the beginning of August, with many more people succumbing to disease and hunger,” Oxfam said in a statement.
Oxfam said 575 civilians were killed between August 1 and October 15, of which 136 children, citing data from the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project.
“Oxfam is calling on the UK, US and other governments to suspend arms sales to the Saudis because of their disregard for civilian lives in the war in Yemen,” the aid groups statement read. Oxfam’s head of advocacy called British policy towards Yemen “irresponsible and incoherent.”
Saudi Arabia has pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine. With the help of the US, UK and other European countries. France and the US have declined to suspend arms deals with the Saudi Regime.
The UN categorizes Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, warning Tuesday that 14 million people now face a serious threat of famine. Nearly 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015 by UN estimates, but rights groups say the number could be five times as high.