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  • A boy shouts slogans as he raises a gun during a rally against U.S. support to Saudi-led air strikes, in Yemen's capital Sanaa, Feb. 19, 2016.

    A boy shouts slogans as he raises a gun during a rally against U.S. support to Saudi-led air strikes, in Yemen's capital Sanaa, Feb. 19, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 25 February 2016

European lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of protecting Yemeni citizens. The U.K. and France are two of the biggest arms dealers to Saudi Arabia.

The European Parliament called on the European Union to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia Thursday, saying Britain, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.

EU lawmakers voted 359 in favor, 212 against and with 31 abstentions for the formal call for an EU arms embargo.

Although the vote is not legally binding, lawmakers hope it will pressure the European Union to act.

Nearly 6,000 people have been killed in Yemen since Saudi-led forces began military operations in Yemen in March last year, according to the United Nations.

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