IAN BLACKFORD:MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber

UK GOVERNMENT MUST PROTECT THE 150,000 YEMENI CHILDREN EXPECTED TO DIE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

The SNP has today said that the UK government must use its influence and leverage to bring an end to the “inhumane” siege in Yemen, and protect malnourished children, as Unicef fears 150,000 children could die before the end of the year.

During an emergency debate on Yemen in Westminster today, Alison Thewliss MP said the UK government had helped fuel the conflict in Yemen through arms sales.

The SNP’s Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP demanded during yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are suspended. The sales totalled £4.6bn since the war in Yemen began.

Alison Thewliss MP said:

“The UK cannot be a broker for peace whilst it actively supplies arms to one side of the conflict. The UK government must suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

“We know the very arms are being used in the Saudi regimes air strikes against targets in Yemen. Many of these have hit civilian targets such as schools, markets and hospitals, killing innocent people. Meanwhile, the Houthi regime is committing horrific acts against the Yemeni population on the ground.

“The Prime Minister must use her trip to the Middle East to raise those concerns, and urgently seek to achieve both an end to the blockade and a ceasefire to let aid and commercial goods in.

“Yemen is now on the brink of famine and there are fears by aid agencies that 150,000 children will die by the end of the year. 

“We have had plenty of words. Yemen cannot wait any longer. We need action, and we need it now.”

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