Campaign Against Arms Trade has condemned the bombing of a funeral in Yemen, believed to be by the Saudi-led coalition, which took place on 8 October 2016, and has called for an end to all arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the revoking of all current licences. The strike is reported to have killed over150 innocent people, injuring hundreds more.
The Committee on Arms Export Controls has called for an immediate ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen and the Foreign Affairs Committee has called for courts to decide on the legality of the exports. It has also supported calls for a UN investigation.
It has been revealed on Newsnight (7 September 2016) that two MPs on the Committee on Arms Export Controls (Crispin Blunt and John Spellar ) are lobbying to dilute the contents of a report that was set to call for a halt to arms exports to Saudi Arabia.
The United Nations Security Council yesterday urged the parties to the conflict in Yemen to immediately resume talks with the UN envoy for that country and discuss his proposal for a comprehensive agreement covering both security and political issues.
Reiterating his call on all warring parties in Yemen to immediately implement the cessation of hostilities, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the reported coalition airstrike on a hospital in the rural town of Hajjah which killed 11 people.
In its response to the House of Commons International Development Committee report on the crisis in Yemen, the UK government has maintained that, despite all of the evidence on the contrary, the Saudi Arabian military has not breached international humanitarian law, says Campaign Against Arms Trade.
In his latest update on the Yemeni peace talks currently under way in Kuwait, the UN envoy for the conflict-torn country has reported that the two delegations discussed proposals to bridge the gap between their respective visions, reaching consensus on some issues.