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France Has Been Urged to Stop Saudi from Attacking Yemeni Civilians

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About 16 NGOs on a humanitarian conference on Yemen, urged France to press its allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to “minimize harm” to civilians in Hudaydah.

They asked Paris to stop transferring weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, where these arms are used against Yemen to commit violations of international humanitarian law or international human rights law. Furthermore, they urged France to “condemn indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks” on civilians in the war on Hudaydah.

The Saudi-led military coalition and the militia loyal to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, began attacking Hudaydah on June 13. They try to seize this vital port and the important international airport from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been helping Yemeni army in defending Yemen against invaders for three years.

This cruel war started in March 2015 by Saudi Arabia and its allies to defeat the Anasrullah movement and restart the Hadi regime. According to the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights, 600,000 civilians were dead and injured in this war, and 22 million people need helps with 8.4 million at the risk of starvation. The country’s facilities and infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, and factories have been destroyed by the Saudi militants.

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