According to the results of a survey of German journalists, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates use German-made weapons for their operations in Yemen. Journalists claim that the weapons exported by Germany were recorded on videos and photos taken by satellites.
According to German media reports, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates use German-made weapons for their operations in Yemen. The information was reported on Tuesday by the German radio and television company Deutsche Welle, which participated in a journalistic investigation as part of the #GermanArms project with Stern magazine and several other media.
Published data indicate that weapons exported by Germany have been recorded on videos and images taken by satellites in the conflict territory.
In one of the photos showing the port of Mocha in Yemen, taken shortly after the city was occupied by coalition formations, journalists noticed a warship allegedly built in Germany. Ships stationed in the port of Assab in Eritrea were also identified as German-designed.
The United Arab Emirates Army vehicles noticed in southwest Yemen are equipped, according to experts, with Fewas combat modules from German weapons manufacturer Dynamit Nobel Defence.
Journalists also refer to a video from an unnamed Arab news agency dated October 2018 showing Leclerc tanks, reinforced by Clara defense systems also produced by Dynamit Nobel Defence.
Deutsche Welle’s publication also mentions aircraft built with components from German companies such as the Eurofighter fighter, the Tornado reconnaissance aircraft and the Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircraft that have participated in operations with the Saudi Air Force.
German Minister of Economics and Energy Peter Altmaier told journalists on the sidelines of the Munich Safety Conference that he had no information on the subject. The German government also did not comment, and representatives of the arms companies stated that they were acting under the law.
Last October, Germany unilaterally decided to suspend its arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Riyadh admitted at the end of October that the journalist’s murder earlier this month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul was premeditated. The kingdom had 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, 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 died and more than 11,000 were wounded.