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Briefing: Crisis in the Middle East (15 January 2024)

This briefing was prepared in advance of an expected statement from the Prime Minister regarding the UK’s military strikes against what they say are Huthi military assets across northern Yemen, undertaken in conjunction with the US and with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands. Many Parliamentarians and others will have serious concerns that the UK and US military actions could inflame the already catastrophic situation in the Middle East.  

Amnesty International has repeatedly called for the international community to push for an immediate ceasefire by all parties to the fighting in occupied Gaza and Israel. The UN Security Council’s failure to agree a ceasefire risks further inflaming regional tensions posing a grave risk to the safety of civilians across the region. 

The briefing includes information, suggested questions and calls to the UK Government across the following areas:  

  • Ceasefire
  • Illegal blockade
  • Inhumane treatment, hostage taking and enforced disappearances
  • International humanitarian law, genocide, justice and accountability 
  • The situation in the West Bank 
  • UK Arms 
Amnesty International UK Briefing - Crisis in Middle East 15-01-24.pdf