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EU lawmakers condemn Saudi-led war on Yemen

Jerome Hughes
Press TV, Brussels


EU lawmakers are not allowed to show images in parliament but one MEP broke this rule to illustrate the unthinkable suffering being endured by starving children in Yemen.

The hearing was told that warplanes, manufactured in the EU, have been dropping Italian-made bombs on Yemen, including hospitals. 

Twenty-four million people in Yemen are suffering. And 50,000 are living in famine-like conditions. 

Since the Saudi regime and its partners launched their war on Yemen in 2015 hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed.

Just in the three-year period from 2015 to 2018, campaigners highlight how the EU sold arms to Saudi Arabia valued at two billion euros while humanitarian aid to the country from the EU has been less than one billion during the entire six years of conflict. 

Even the European Union's top diplomat admits shortcomings. Lawmakers have just passed a resolution condemning the violence while calling for a greater EU response. 

Similar resolutions have been passed by the European Parliament before, but ultimately they are ignored when EU leaders meet here at the European Council.

The reason for that, according to anti-war campaigners, is that there is simply too much money at stake.

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