European Parliament calls for Saudi arms embargo
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, February 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament called on the European Union to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia on 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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