Yemen: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the conflict in Yemen.

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The Government of Yemen and Saudi-led Coalition have made military gains in recent weeks against the Houthis and forces loyal to former president Saleh. We hope this will help build a base for the future return of the legitimate Yemeni government. A political solution is the best way to achieve long-term stability in Yemen, and we remain fully supportive of the UN’s efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire and resumption of an inclusive political process. The humanitarian situation remains dire, with eighty per cent of the population in need of assistance. The Department for International Development has allocated £55 million, through UN agencies and humanitarian non-governmental organisations, to support Yemenis affected by the crisis. We remain extremely concerned by reports of alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, and continue to raise the importance of compliance with all parties to the conflict. The risk of terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Yemen, exploiting the instability is also a major concern. We continue to work with regional and international partners to tackle the threat.

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