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Yemen: Bombings

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL8525, tabled on 28 September 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by Oxfam, published on 18 August, that on average one air raid has hit civilian infrastructure in Yemen every 10 days since March 2015; what action they have taken to curb such air raids; and what assessment they have made of the implications of those air raids on their policy towards Yemen.

Answered on

12 October 2020

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is deeply concerned by reports of damage to civilian infrastructure from airstrikes in Yemen. The FCDO has reviewed Oxfam's report as part of the export licensing process, which draws on wide range of information from NGOs, UN bodies and other sources. The Government takes its export responsibilities seriously and assesses all export licences in accordance with strict licensing criteria. We will not issue any export licences where to do so would be inconsistent with these criteria.