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The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for the introduction of an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia

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By Serge K | February 27, 2016 10:33 am

The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling for the introduction of an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia for its military action in Yemen. The EU wants its member states to enforce an embargo until investigators can decide whether forces under control of Riyadh breached humanitarian laws during the yearlong civil war in neighboring Yemen.

The vote does not compel EU member states to act but it does increase pressure on Riyadh, in the wake of criticism from the UN and growing international alarm over civilian casualties in Yemen.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling for the introduction of an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia for its military action in Yemen.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling for the introduction of an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia for its military action in Yemen.

Nearly 6,000 people have been killed since the coalition entered the conflict, almost half of them civilians, according to the United Nations, and the European Parliament said it was acting on humanitarian grounds.

“This is about Yemen. The human rights violations have reached a level that means Europe is obliged to act and to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia,” said Richard Howitt, a British center-left lawmaker who led efforts to hold the vote.

Saudi Arabia launched a coalition of Arab states in March 2015 to carry out air strikes and later a ground intervention in Yemen to push back Houthi rebels who had seized control of the capital Sanaa and forced the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi into exile.

Riyadh is attempting to re-establish Hadi’s control over Yemen and defeat Houthi militiamen the Saudis believe are receiving support from their regional rival Iran.

According to the UN, “conservative estimates” indicate that over 700 children have been killed and more than 1,000 injured since the Saudi-led intervention began. The organization also noted that as many as 720 children have been documented as being forcibly removed as child soldiers by the warring parties.

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