MacAskill: “It’s ceasefire not war that’s needed”.
Alba Party Depute leader Kenny MacAskill MP has condemned the UK Government’s decision to launch military action in Yemen.
The US and the UK have carried out military strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, raising fears of a broader escalation of the conflict in the region.
Alba Party’s Kenny MacAskill MP has said that the action is “ a foolish act that will undoubtedly lead to an escalation that will only prolong war resulting in more deaths and suffering.”
The US UK led coalition struck more than 60 targets in 16 locations in Yemen with more than 100 precision-guided munitions, including Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from submarines.
Four British Typhoon jets used Paveway IV guided bombs to hit two Houthi sites.
MacAskill says that continued Israeli aggression on Gaza and the atrocities being committed against the Palestinian people are responsible for the rising tensions witnessed in the region as he called on the UK Government to dedicate its efforts to achieving a ceasefire in Gaza as opposed to undertaking military action “4000 miles away”.
Condemning the UK’s military action in Yemen, Alba Party Depute leader Kenny MacAskill MP said:
“This is a foolish act of military aggression that will undoubtedly lead to an escalation in the entire region and that will only prolong war resulting in more deaths and suffering. People across the UK must ask why the majority of countries across Europe are not providing military assistance to support this military action.
“The Westminster machine seems incapable of learning from its mistakes in its disastrous interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan. War is not the answer to the unimaginable suffering that is happening every day in the Middle East. This action could well be the catalyst that escalates tensions and results in our armed forces being dragged to another illegal war. Parliament is right to be appalled that military action has been carried out without its approval. This action has not been carried out in my name.”