Britain has backed the losing side in the Yemen conflict and should change policy now to help prevent a full-scale famine, a former international development secretary has warned.
Andrew Mitchell criticised Britain’s “contradictory” policy of backing the Saudi-led coalition’s operation in Yemen at the same as trying to alleviate the humanitarian suffering its bombing campaign is causing.
Andrew Mitchell criticised Britain for backing the Saudi-led coalition’s operation in Yemen, which is preventing basic food supplies from entering the countryMOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images
“The Yemenis are not starving, they are being starved,” he told the international development committee yesterday after returning from a visit to the country, the first by a British politician for two years.
The United Nations has warned that Yemen may face famine this year, largely because of a Saudi-imposed air, land and sea blockade that has prevented basic food supplies as well as other humanitarian aid from…