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The European Parliament has passed a resolution demanding the imposition of an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia as the regime of Aal-e Saud continues with its deadly military campaign on Yemen.
According to Press TV, on Thursday, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted 359 in favor, 212 against and with 31 abstentions for the motion, calling on EU member states to stop selling weapons to the Riyadh regime as it is accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.
Following the resolution’s adoption, Alyn Smith, the Greens/European Free Alliance foreign affairs spokesman, said the call for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia “reflects growing frustration at the conduct of war in Yemen by the Saudi Air Force.”
“Saudi Arabia is a top arms client of the UK and France, and there is evidence that these weapons have been used in gross violations of international law in Yemen, where thousands of civilians have been killed since the start of the war,” Smith added.
There are “real grounds to believe that EU-made weapons systems are being exported to Saudi,” he added, urging EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to examine how the embargo can be implemented.
The development came despite pressures by the Saudi ambassador to Brussels, Abdulrahman al-Ahmed, to prevent the MEPs from adopting the anti-Saudi motion.
Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. More than 8,300 people, among them 2,236 children, have been martyred and 16,015 others injured since the start of the attacks