55% of Welsh people say the UK should suspend the approval of arms sales to countries fighting in Yemen

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More than half of those from Wales who took part in a nationwide British survey, think the UK should suspend the approval of arms sales to countries fighting in Yemen, a new poll by YouGov for Save the Children reveals.

From the British-wide poll, more than two in three (67%) of the 95 Welsh adults (and nearly three in five (59%) of the 1,658 British adults) surveyed by YouGov described the approval of arms sales as “unacceptable” if they risk being used in Yemen – compared to 13% who said they are “acceptable”.

6% of those surveyed said they think sales should be remain unchanged.

The UK has approved £3.8 billion of arms licences to Saudi Arabia, the leader of a multinational coalition in Yemen, since the conflict escalated in March 2015.

44% of Welsh people said the UK should also either cut back (6%) or completely sever (42%) its political support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, against just under a fifth who said it should be maintained (13%) or increased (4%).

More than half of British adults (51%) said they had been unaware the UK Government was approving the sale of arms which could be used in the conflict in Yemen before taking the survey.

Between 17-24 August 58 civilians were killed in Yemen, a higher level than the death toll for the whole month in either June or July. The number of airstrikes in just the first half of this year surpassed the total for 2016, according to the UN Human Rights Office.

Airstrikes continue to be the leading cause of child casualties.

Save The Children said that six-year-old Buthaina was the only surviving member of her family after a missile destroyed her home in Sana’a on August 25. Her parents and five siblings died in the attack.

Buthaina was pulled from the rubble with bruised eyes, concussion and fractures to her skull.

In the days following the attack, photographs of her swollen face went viral, with people on Twitter sharing pictures of themselves closing an eye in solidarity with her.

Buthaina’s uncle is now looking after her.