Yemen: Saudi coalition wars with German weapons – reports

Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemeni former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a demonstration demanding presidential elections be held and the younger Saleh run for the office, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — According to a survey of German journalists, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates use weapons manufactured in Germany for their operations in Yemen.

The journalists say that the weapons exported by Germany were recorded on videos and photos made by satellites.

According to German media reports, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates use weapons manufactured in Germany for their operations in Yemen. The information was reported Tuesday by the German radio and television company Deutsche Welle who participated in a journalistic investigation as part of the #GermanArms project with Stern magazine and several other media outlets.

Published data indicates that the weapons exported by Germany were recorded on videos and images taken by satellites in the disputed territory.

In one of the photos depicting Yemen’s port of Mocha, taken shortly after the town was occupied by coalition formations, the journalists noticed a warship alleged to have been manufactured in Germany. Ships stationed in Assab port in Eritrea have also been identified as German-designed.

United Arab Emirates army vehicles observed in southwestern Yemen are equipped, according to experts, with Fewas combat modules from the German arms manufacturer Dynamit Nobel Defense.

The journalists also refer to a video of an unnamed Arab news agency dated October 2018 on which can be seen Leclerc tanks, reinforced by the Clara defense systems also produced by Dynamit Nobel Defense.

The Deutsche Welle publication also mentions aircraft built with components of German companies such as the Eurofighter fighter, the Tornado reconnaissance aircraft and the Airbus A330 MRTT tanker, which participated in operations under the Saudi air force.

German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Altmaier told reporters on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference that he had no information on the subject. Nor did the German Government give any comment, and the representatives of the arms companies declared that they acted under the law.

Last October, Germany unilaterally decided to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Riyadh admitted at the end of October that the assassination of the journalist earlier this month at the premises of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul had been premeditated.

The kingdom initially denied the assassination to speak of an accidental death during an altercation. Jamal Khashoggi’s body has still not been found more than four months after his death.

In Yemen , the confrontation between government forces and Houthi armed groups has been ongoing since August 2014. According to the UN, as a result of the conflict, more than 7,000 civilians have died and more than 11,000 have been injured.

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