Saudi coalition in Yemen uses German weapons

A Saudi soldier stands guard at the international airport of Yemen's southern port city of Aden, July 24, 2015. Two Saudi aircraft landed at Aden bringing equipment needed to re-open the city's airport four months after the Yemeni civil war shut it down. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — German newspaper Deutsche Welle published a report showing that the “Saudi” coalition in Yemen depends largely on German weapons and technology, despite Berlin’s decision to stop arms sales to Riyadh.

The report, in which Deutsche Welle and other media outlets participated in the German Arms project, included photographs and video recordings of weapons and equipment produced in Germany on battlefields in Yemen. Including a picture of the Yemeni port of Mukha, captured after being under the control of the Arab coalition forces, showing a warship built in Germany.

The report also provided pictures of other German-made vessels anchored in the Eritrean port of Assab, without accurate information.

Experts confirm that UAE military vehicles filmed in southwestern Yemen are equipped with weapons towers of the type Fewas produced by the German company Dynamit Nobel Defense. There is also a video recording carried out in October 2018 by an unnamed Arab news agency, and a UAE Leclerc tank with additional Clara armor produced by the same company.

The report also mentions warplanes built using German pieces and technology, such as the Eurofighter fighter, the Tornado reconnaissance aircraft and the Airbus A330 MRTT, aircraft that participated in Saudi air force operations against the Houthis in Yemen.

German Economy Minister Peter Altmeyer said he had no information on the subject. The German government did not comment on the matter, while the companies specializing in the manufacture of weapons that they act under the law.

Germany decided to stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia following the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Riyadh consulate in Istanbul in early October.

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