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Published Date: Sunday 14 April 2019 - 12:05:55
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Germany resumes arms exports to Saudi Arabia, UAE: reports

Germany resumes arms exports to Saudi Arabia, UAE: reports
World  - Germany's National Security Council, a secret security council consisting of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her chief ministers, has approved shipments of weapons parts to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to several German media sources.


The approvals come two weeks after the German government extended a ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is spearheading deadly aggression against Yemen.

The security council approved a shipment of "technology for low-bed semi-trailer production" from the Ulm-based company Kamag to France, which will then send a finished product to Saudi Arabia, according to Deutsche Welle.

Further exports will go to the UAE, including German-French-produced accessories for "Cobra" artillery tracking radar systems.

A shipment of three "Dingo" armored vehicles and 168 warheads to Qatar was also approved.

Other shipments include 92 electric drives for the "Fuchs" armored personnel carrier to Algeria, 18,000 detonators for mortar grenades to Indonesia and 3,000 anti-tank weapons to Singapore.

The Left reacted with outrage to the decisions taken by the security council.

"Apparently things are not going fast enough with new arms deliveries to the Yemen war coalition," said the Left's deputy parliamentary leader, Sevim Dagdelen.

She described the approvals as "simply criminal and a violation of current European law."

The UK has also sold at least £5.7bn worth of arms to the Saudi-led coalition that has been attacking Yemen since 2015, according to a Sky News analysis of figures published last month.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies, including the UAE, have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

According to a recent report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

 

News Code: 27232
Published Date: Sunday 14 April 2019 - 12:05:55
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