MORE than 30 civilians were killed at the weekend when Saudi-led air strikes hit a crowded market area in the Nihm district outside Yemeni capital Sanaa.
International aid and rights groups have urged Western countries to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia, which is striking the Shi’ite Houthi rebels who overran Sanaa and other Yemeni cities in 2014.
The Control Arms Coalition said in a report published on Friday that 11 countries, including France, Britain, the US and Germany, sold drones, missiles and bombs worth $25 billion (£18bn) to the Saudis in 2015.
Governments that signed 2014’s Arms Trade Treaty, which has the aim of “reducing the human suffering” by imposing restrictions on arms sold to countries that violate international law, will meet in Geneva this morning.
Members of the European Parliament have also called for an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia over the air strikes and naval blockade imposed on Yemen, despite lobbying by the kingdom.