Yemen

Part of Concentrix – in the House of Commons at 6:17 pm on 26th October 2016.

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Photo of George Kerevan George Kerevan Scottish National Party, East Lothian 6:17 pm, 26th October 2016

Daniel Kawczynski accused the SNP of grandstanding and of denying Saudi Arabia the right to self-defence. Our argument is rather that the Saudi intervention in Yemen is disproportionate; that is the key. Several legitimate and well-respected human rights organisations have used open source material to try to count the number of airstrikes in Yemen since March of last year, when the Saudi coalition began the bombing. There have been at least 8,600 airstrikes, and that is disproportionate. There are not enough targets for the Saudi coalition to go on bombing as they have done. One of the findings from that open source material is that at least one third of the airstrikes have resulted in civilian casualties. That is the issue.