The Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs says that Brussels intends to stop the sale of arms for the aggression against Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its allies.
“We need to move towards suspending any exports (of arms to Saudi Arabia). Now there is clear evidence that Belgian weapons are being used in the conflict,” Didier Reynders said in an interview with local station VRT on Friday.
With these statements, the chancellor alluded to a recent investigation carried out jointly by the independent media group Lighthouse Reports, VRT, Knack magazine and the newspaper Le Soir, which revealed that Saudi Arabia uses Belgian weapons and military technology in its land and air attacks on Yemen.
According to this research, some of the Belgian-made weapons used by Saudi Arabia in Yemen are Piranha LAV-25 armoured vehicles and FN F2000 automatic rifles.
For this reason, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has expressed the wish that the export of arms to Saudi Arabia be banned both in Belgium and in the other countries of the European Union (EU).
The Saudi attacks, most of which are carried out with aircraft and bombs purchased from Western countries such as the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Spain, have claimed the lives of more than 60 000 Yemenis and caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the poorest country in the Arab world.
The people and the popular Ansarola movement in Yemen have accused the aforementioned Western countries of being complicit in war crimes against civilians for their arms and logistical support to Riyadh and its partners.
The United Nations (UN) estimates that, if the Saudi war against Yemen does not stop, the death toll will reach 233,000 by the end of 2019.