Gill Furniss MP Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough
Earlier today I took part in Foreign, Commonwealth and Dominion Questions, calling on the Government to step up and play a larger part in holding Saudi Arabia to account for their actions in Yemen.
I asked the Foreign Secretary, “Last month the remote village of Washah in Northern Yemen was hit by an airstrike carried out by the Saudi led coalition, killing three women and six children. This is yet another breach of international human rights law in that area. When will the Government step up to its international responsibilities and properly hold Saudi Arabia to account for its actions in Yemen done in the name of the UK supported coalition.”
James Cleverly MP, Minister of State for the Middle East answered for the Government saying, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner and we recognise their rights to defend themselves from parties within Yemen. The UK has a very stringent arms control regime and that is used whenever we work with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in terms of our arms trade with them.”
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