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Yemen: Military Intervention

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 169232, tabled on 3 September 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the use of (a) weapons, (b) other military goods or services, and (c) non-military goods or services exported from the UK in death of children as a result of the airstrike in Dahyan, Yemen on 9 August 2018.

Answered on

11 September 2018

‚ÄčThe Saudi-led Coalition does not publish information on which items are used in specific air strikes, and has not done so in the case of the 9 August strike. The UK is not a member of the Coalition and we do not have any role in setting Coalition policy, or executing air strikes in Yemen. The UK will not issue an export licence to Saudi Arabia, or any other country, if we assess there is a clear risk the items might be used in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

On 1 September, the Saudi-led Coalition's Joint Incidents Assessment Team announced the outcome of an investigation into the 9 August incident, its regret and action to address the recommendations of that investigation. We welcome this acknowledgement and these steps.