FRANCE (VOP TODAY NEWS) — French weapons used in the Yemeni conflict have been confirmed in an information published in a French magazine that contradicts the government’s official version of the affair, an intelligence note issued in Paris said.
According to the official letter adopted in Paris, which did not deny the existence of this memorandum, the French arms owned by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were used only defensively in this war, which has killed at least 10,000 people since 2015 and led millions of Yemenis to the brink of famine.
This memorandum was issued by the Directorate of Military Intelligence and sent to the French Government in October 2018 and was acquired by the new Discluse magazine.
It shows that French weapons are used on Yemeni soil by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels.
Several non-governmental organizations have consistently condemned the export of French arms to warring parties in the conflict because they can be used against civilians.
According to the memo, 48 Cessar cannons manufactured by the French company Nexter and deployed along the Saudi-Yemeni border provide “support to government forces backed by the Saudi armed forces in their advance in Yemeni territory.”
A map of the Directorate of Military Intelligence, entitled “People under the threat of bombs,” shows that “436,370 people may be involved in possible artillery strikes”, some from French-made guns.
– by land, sea and air –
On the battlefield, the Locklear tanks were sold to the UAE in the 1990s, “at defensive positions in Yemen,” according to the memo.
“In November 2018, the French tanks were at the heart of the Battle of Hodeidah,” which killed 55 civilians, according to the American NGO “Accident”, according to Disclose magazine, which matched the intelligence note with satellite images and videotapes.
In the air, the memo said the Mirage 2000-9 was “operating in Yemen.” The French airliner “Damocles” (Thales) may also be used in this conflict according to the French Military Intelligence Directorate.
At the sea, the memo showed that two French-made vessels were “involved in the maritime blockade”, which is hampering the supply of essential materials to the population, one of which “helps to support land operations on Yemeni territory.”
This information may embarrass the French Armed Forces Secretary Florence Barley.
“I am not aware that any (French) weapons are used in this conflict,” she said in an interview with French radio France Inter in January this year.
In a written response issued by the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday, the French government confirmed that “the French weapons belonging to members of the coalition are to the knowledge of most of them in defensive positions outside Yemeni territory or in the sites of the alliance, but not on the front line.
“We have no knowledge of the civilian casualties caused by the use of these weapons on the scene in Yemen,” the French government said.
“The government can not continue to deny its complicity in war crimes,” the director of Human Rights Watch in France, Benedict Chirac, told France, calling on France to “stop its sales to the Saudi-UAE alliance countries and deal with full transparency.”
The United Nations describes the situation in Yemen as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Experts have concluded that all warring parties have violated international law.
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