Amnesty International condemns Obama’s ‘astonishing’ unprecedented arms deals with repressive Middle East regimes.
Israel has for decades been the largest recipient of U.S. military aid.
It averages at more than $3 billion per year although this figure may soon increase.
Egypt comes in second with $1.5 billion.
In 2014 these two countries received approximately three-fourths of U.S. foreign military aid.
In the past few years however one of the most repressive countries in the world has become a key customer for U.S. weapons: Saudi Arabia.
Since President Obama entered office the U.S. government has done a staggering $110 billion in arms sales with the Saudi monarchy — an unprecedented increase.
Like Israel and Egypt Saudi Arabia has long been a close U.S. ally but the U.S.-Saudi military alliance has grown dramatically since 2009.
U.S. weapons have kept flowing to Saudi Arabia throughout the past year – even while the U.N. and human rights groups have documented a slew of Saudi war crimes in Yemen.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the U.S. and U.K. governments for providing weapons – military intelligence and support to the Saudi-led coalition that has launched thousands of air strikes in Yemen since March 2015 – warning they may be complicit in war crimes.
The bombing campaign has ravaged Yemen – the poorest country in the Middle East.
Nearly 4,000 civilians have been killed and thousands more have been injured with an average of 13 civilian casualties per day, according to the U.N.
The violence has displaced millions – incited mass hunger, fueled extremism and pushed more than 80 percent of the population into what the U.N. has called for more than a year a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’.