Tobias Ellwood, the British minister for the Middle East, said on Wednesday that the Saudi dictatorship ordered the attack on a Yemeni funeral that killed more than 140 people and further wounded over 500.

“It was a deliberate error made by an individual who needs to be disciplined,” he said. “There was a choice made to breach operation procedures, Riyadh said, ‘no this attack should not take place.”

Riyadh initially denied the attack but then acknowledged it was responsible on Saturday.

“It did take place and that’s why this report, which is coming out with more details, will actually clarify what’s going to happen,” said the minister.

He then acknowledged British arm sales to the puritanical kingdom, but defended the supposed legitimacy of the war.

“We do sell arms to Saudi Arabia, this is a legitimate war that’s taking place, endorsed by the UN resolution 2216,” he said. “It’s important to recognize that Saudi Arabians have made mistakes, but they have also put their hand up to it.”

The minister visited Riyadh last week to tell the royal family that “they need to come out with a report immediately, they did that, it was released on the weekend and they put their hand up and said this was a gross breach of standard operating procedure.”

“Somebody will now fall on their sword. We have disciplinary actions taking place, we also now have compensation coming to the victims,” he announced.

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Daeshbags Sux
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So, let’s analyse the lies : 1. Denial having made the strike 2. They say they received bad intel 3. Accusing the pilot to have had unauthorized initiative => Sorry, but KSA doesn’t applies Resolution 2216 wich article 14 tells ONLY about arms embargo to the Houthis, Saleh and their allies and NOT AT ALL about a total land and naval blockade of the country! By blockading any trade other than weapons, the GCC coalition nonetheless doesn’t comply with the resolution but as they deny entry of foods and drugs, they also are doing a war crime! Nonetheless, UK is… Read more »
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1. Denial having made the strike
2. They say they received bad intel
3. Accusing the pilot to have had unauthorized initiative

…Reminds me of Kunduz.
All that’s missing is the next day’s tanks-for-bulldozers.

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Saudi murder cult do as they please and they enjoy very much killing innocent people.. Protected by the waning empire for how much longer?

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I mostly agree with you except that if you call the US a waning empire, you’re very far from truth, in fact, the US have became more powerful than they were during the cold war! They faced much much much more competition from USSR until 1986-91 and from China until Nixon visited Mao. But the protection for KSA is very likely to shrink or… Well, maybe some kind of velvet revolution may occurre and really serious changes to happen in the country? In fact, it’s the only solution I can see to not have things ending in a total collapse… Read more »
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Oh look! Britain’s trying to pretend they found their chojones – but they’re made of marshmallows. Sweet Saudi slurp there.

And that minister had better go READ Resolution 2216 before he really starts to bray.

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