'British MPs clashed with UK government officials on Tuesday in parliament over its handling of the Yemen war as pressure mounts for Britain to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia.
The argument took place during an emergency debate called by opposition MPs to discuss the situation in Yemen.
The United Nations estimates that more than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the intervention by the Saudi-led coalition in the country's civil war in March 2015, and more than 85,000 people have been displaced this year alone in what has become the “world’s largest humanitarian crisis”.
During the debate, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt defended Britain’s stance on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia and said that “there was no simple answer to the war in Yemen”.
“There is no reason to not support an ally (Saudi Arabia) under fire from missiles,” Burt told the House of Commons.
“We have done all we can to express the concern raised by the house.”
The Foreign Office minister also responded by saying that the British government believes that Saudi Arabia has not breached international law during the conflict, stressing the need for MPs to acknowledge the threat posed by Houthi rebels.
Scottish Nationalist Party MP Alison Thewliss gave an impassioned speech in which she lambasted the British government for not doing enough to help Yemeni children.
“Important to first note that the people paying the price for this conflict are the people least responsible for it, and it is the children of Yemen,” Thewliss told the house as she condemned Saudi and Emirati actions in Yemen.'
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