UK probes 257 alleged human rights abuses by Saudi Arabia in Yemen

UK Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says Britain is investigating more than 250 alleged violations of humanitarian law by Saudi Arabia in its war on Yemen.

“The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is tracking 257 allegations of breaches of international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen,” Fallon said Thursday while responding to a question by Member of Parliament Margaret Ferrier.

“Details of the MoD’s analysis of these allegations are necessarily confidential,” Fallon said after he was asked by the MP to provide specific details of Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian law breaches.

London has faced repeated calls to suspend arms sales to Riyadh, which is accused of repeated and serious human rights abuses.

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