MEPs: Arms embargo against Saudi Arabia over airstrikes in Yemen


Two kids inspect a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike, at a neighborhood in Sana'ad in Sana'a, Yemen, 25 February 2016. According to reports, the Saudi-led coalition stepped up its airstrikes on Sana'a, killing at least one man and wounding two children.

Saudi Arabia together with her allies in the Middle East and North Africa, is actively involved in Yemen by bombing areas which under the control of the Shia Yemeni rebels, known as the Houthis.

The EU must impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia to pressure the oil-rich country to stop the shelling of civilians in Yemen, the MEPs voted on Thursday.

The European Parliament urged the EU High Commissioner, Federica Mogherini, “to launch an initiative aimed at imposing an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia” in a resolution which was approved by 449 votes to 36, with 78 abstentions.


Involvement of Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Saudi Arabia, with the support of her allies in...

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