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Bombing Yemen: Tracking an Airstrike from Manufacture to Impact

6 February 2017 - 18:00 to 19:15

Chatham House, London


Nawal al-Maghafi, Producer/Reporter, BBC

Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell, MP for Sutton Coldfield

Roy Isbister, Arms Unit, Saferworld

Chair: Peter Salisbury, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



The war in Yemen has been raging since 2015. The UN estimates that more than 10,000 people have been killed by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, 60 per cent of which are civilians.

Chatham House will screen a short BBC documentary that traces a single airstrike by the coalition from arms manufacturer to impact. Following the screening, the filmmaker will be joined onstage by other panellists to discuss the conflict in Yemen and the use of UK- and US-supplied weapons in Saudi-led airstrikes. Will the judicial review into UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia change the conduct of the war? And how will the UK account for British-supplied cluster munitions used in Yemen?


About the film:

The Funeral Bombing

On 8th October in Yemen's capital Sanaa, Saudi-led coalition jets bombed a funeral in a community building. 140 people were killed and more than five hundred injured. It was the deadliest attack in the 21 month air campaign which is aimed at re-instating Yemen's government from the Houthi rebels. The coalition's investigation team said "incorrect information" led to aircraft wrongly targeting the location. Nawal al-Maghafi travelled to Yemen to investigate what happened.

Reported and Directed by:

Nawal al-Maghafi

Produced by:

Robin Barnwell

Edited by:

Ian Lloyd

Mohammed Al-Mikhlafi

Executive producers:
Kavita Puri
Marc Perkins