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Press TV, Feb 19, 2017

A recent report has disclosed that Scottish-made Paveway IV laser-guided smart bombs have been dropped on Yemen by UK-trained Saudi air force as the Riyadh regime pushes ahead with its atrocious bombardment campaign against its conflict-ridden southern neighbor.

Evidence submitted during a legal case into the United Kingdom’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia reveals that the Royal Air Force (RAF) trained the Saudi air force how to use Paveway IV bombs, the English-language Scottish Daily Record newspaper reported on Sunday.

UK-made Paveway IV laser-guided smart bomb

The bomb, manufactured at a factory in Fife council area of Scotland that is owned by arms giant Raytheon UK is a guidance kit based on the existing Enhanced Paveway II Enhanced Computer Control Group (ECCG). It incorporates a modified Mk 82 general-purpose bomb with increased penetration performance.

The legal challenge was raised against the British government by Campaign Against Arms Trade. During the case, Peter Watkins, the director general of Security Policy at the British Ministry of Defense, said the UK trained Saudi air force personnel in Britain and in Saudi Arabia.

“In the context of their air operations, this has included training them in the use of specific precision-guided munitions, such as Paveway IV and Storm Shadow, and aircraft.” he said.

The documents handed in during the legal case also revealed that only a “very, very small” number of Saudi airstrikes were tracked and the UK government knew little about the Saudis’ targeting practices.

The report came on the same day that Saudi Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters fired 27 missiles at Midi district in the northwestern Yemen province of Hajjah, though no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused were available. Saudi warplanes also bombarded al-Moafei village in Nihm district of the western-central province of Sana’a. No reports of casualties were available.

Saudi warplanes carried out three airstrikes against the city of Sirwah, which lies about 120 kilometers east of the capital, Sana’a, with no immediate word on possible casualties.

Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees have killed four Saudi troops during separate attacks on the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan as part of retaliatory attacks. An unnamed military official said Yemeni snipers fatally shot a Saudi soldier at al-Sirdah base of Jizan region, located 969 kilometers south of the capital Riyadh. Two other Saudi troops lost their lives when Yemeni forces and their allies targeted them in al-Farizeh and al-Karas military bases of the same region.

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, has said the Saudi campaign has claimed the lives of 10,000 Yemenis and left 40,000 others wounded. McGoldrick told reporters in Sana’a last month that the figure was based on casualty counts given by health facilities and that the actual number might be higher.

Meanwhile, local sources say the Saudi war, which was launched in March 2015 in an attempt to bring back the country’s former government to power, has so far claimed the lives of at least 11,400 Yemenis.

The Saudi military aggression has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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