More European governments have imposed an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia in response to the country’s on-going killing of civilians in Yemen.
The Danish, German, Dutch and Finnish governments have now joined other countries in halting the sale of weapons to the autocracy, as the UN warns of “the worst famine in the world in 100 years”.
Saudi Arabia is intervening on the side of the Yemeni government against Houthi rebels, who control a large part of the country.
The country’s internationally-recognised leadership no longer holds the capital and its opponents are backed by Saudi’s regional rival, Iran.
The conflict’s death toll is thought to be at least 10,000, with the famine’s far outnumbering that.
Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “These arms sales should never have been allowed in the first place.
It is time for all governments to push for a ceasefire and to stop prioritising arms sales over the rights and lives of Yemeni people. »