Yemen: Military Intervention

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) Saudi Arabian and (b) Emirati counterparts on the airstrike on a mosque in Al Sawad, Amran Governorate in Yemen on 23 September; and if he will make it his policy to support an independent investigation into that airstrike.

Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) Saudi Arabian and (b) Emirati counterparts on the two airstrikes on civilian residences in Al Fakher, Al Dhale’e Governorate in Yemen on 24 September; and if he will make it his policy to support an independent investigation into those airstrikes.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We are deeply concerned about reports of civilian deaths after recent attacks in Amran and Al Dhale’e. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected. We are working with our partners to try and establish exactly what happened. We welcome the Coalition’s referral of both incidents to be investigated by the Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT). The UK continues to call on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to exercise restraint, comply fully with International Humanitarian Law and engage constructively with the peace process led by the UN Special Envoy, which is the only way to end the cycle of violence.​

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