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29th March 2017 - ‘The UK must act to end the crisis in Yemen’, says Islwyn MP

‘The UK must act to end the crisis in Yemen’, says Islwyn MPThe MP for Islwyn, Chris Evans, has said the UK must act to end and prevent a devastating humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Speaking during a Parliamentary debate on the issue, Islwyn’s MP said that the UK has contributed towards the crisis and has a responsibility to help end it.

The civil war in Yemen began in 2015 after Houthi rebels overthrew the new President of the country Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. An international coalition, including the UK in a non-combat role, led by Saudi Arabia intervened in an effort to support President Hadi.

Aid groups such as Médecins Sans Frontières have alleged that a number of UK-supported Saudi air strikes have broken international law by targeting civilians.

Mr Evans said: ‘We must take the civil war in Yemen and seriously encourage our counterparts on all sides of the conflict—with the exception of the terrorist groups of Daesh who are taking advantage of the war—to stop the armed conflict and get around the negotiating table.

‘Brokering a ceasefire is the first step towards that, and it is something in which we could and should play a role.

‘If we do not, the already terrible humanitarian disaster in Yemen will become far worse.’


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