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EU Parliament Recommends Banning Saudi Arms Sales
Local Editor

Members of the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution that bans selling weapons to Saudi Arabia as a result of the charges of the Kingdom violating human rights throughout its war on Yemen.

Yemen

The European officials further supported an action to send urgent humanitarian aid to Yemen and called for finding a Political solution to the Yemeni crisis.

Some 539 European Parliament MPs voted in favor of the resolution, 13 voted against it, while 81 abstained.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a military alliance in Yemen against the Houthi armed group since 2015 upon the request of Yemeni President Abed Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

International human rights organizations accused Riyadh of commuting war crimes in Yemen.

More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the campaign more than two and a half years ago. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country's infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

According to the World Health Organization's latest count, the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April and is suspected to have infected 841,906.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has described the current level of hunger in Yemen as "unprecedented," emphasizing that 17 million people are now food insecure in the country.

It added that 6.8 million, meaning almost one in four people, do not have enough food and rely entirely on external assistance.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

01-12-2017 | 08:07


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