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Yemen: Military Intervention

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 69512, tabled on 6 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the recent airstrikes in Northern Yemen; and what steps he is taking to support a ceasefire across Yemen.

Answered on

13 July 2020

The UK takes these alleged incidents extremely seriously. Whenever we receive reports like this, we routinely gather information from all credible sources, including from Non-Governmental Organisations and international organisations. We continue to work to support the efforts of the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to secure the parties' agreement to proposals for a nationwide ceasefire and a resumption of the UN-led political process. Given the threat of COVID-19 it is important that the parties continue to engage constructively with Griffiths's proposals. On 18 June, I spoke with senior Yemeni leaders during a "virtual visit" and called for urgent action to secure peace and avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.