Urgent Question on crisis in Yemen

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On Monday I spoke in a debate triggered by an urgent question tabled by Hilary Benn MP:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government assessments of breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen.

Abuse of human rights in Yemen by Saudi Arabia, and the British Government’s complicity through selling arms to the Saudi regime, is an issue of particular concern to myself and many constituents in Bristol West.

I asked Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood MP the following question:

Will the Minister please tell the House, very simply, whether any weapons or planes manufactured in the United Kingdom have been used in the conflict in Yemen and, in particular, whether they have been used against civilians?

Unfortunately my question did not receive a full answer, with the minister responding:

I cannot answer the latter part of that question but I can say that, yes, we have sold weapons and aircraft systems to Saudi Arabia and other members of the coalition which have been used legitimately, following a request by President Hadi under resolution 2216.

To watch the video of our exchange, see the video below:

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