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Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 78576, tabled on 22 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to her Written Statement of 7 July 2020 on Trade Update, whether the 23 April 2018 air-strike on a wedding in Bani Qayis was (a) among the alleged incidents of violations of International Humanitarian Law in Yemen examined by her Department under the revised methodology and (b) one of the incidents classed as a possible breach of International Humanitarian Law.

Answered on

1 September 2020

Our analysis as to whether or not an incident constituted a ‘possible’ breach of international humanitarian law was applied to over 300 incidents.

The assessments used all available sources of information, including some that are necessarily confidential and sensitive. As a result, we are not able to provide details of individual assessments for national security reasons.

We have assessed that there were a small number of incidents that were ‘possible’ violations, which have been treated for the purposes of this analysis as violations of international humanitarian law.