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Procedure : 2017/2849(RSP)
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Debates :

PV 29/11/2017 - 22
CRE 29/11/2017 - 22

Votes :

PV 30/11/2017 - 8.22
CRE 30/11/2017 - 8.22

Texts adopted :


Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - Brussels Revised edition

22. Situation in Yemen (debate)
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  Charles Tannock, on behalf of the ECR Group . – Mr President, I too remain deeply concerned about the large and unacceptable levels of civilian deaths allegedly due to the poor targeting or even indiscriminate targeting of civilian areas by the Saudi-led coalition in this tragic conflict – actions that must be condemned in the strongest terms. Continued attacks on Saudi territory by the Houthi rebels too, however, cannot be tolerated and its recent targeting of Riyadh’s International Airport in a missile attack points to the escalating nature of this conflict. Credible reports that the missile was supplied by Iran further illustrate the complications.

Meanwhile, the people of Yemen are suffering from the largest humanitarian crisis in recent times. The Saudi-led naval blockade is leading to unacceptable food and medical supply shortages. Poor sanitary conditions have also led to a tragic cholera outbreak of epidemic proportions as the number of cases is set to reach one million by the close of this year, only a few months after the first reported case.

I therefore echo calls for the EU and Member States to continue their support for the efforts of Ismail Ahmed in trying to negotiate a peace in his role as UN Special Envoy. This tragedy must stop, and all war crimes must be investigated and all those brought to justice.

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