Germany halts all arms exports to countries bombing Yemen

Jan 23, 2018, 00:16
Germany halts all arms exports to countries bombing Yemen

It also called on the OIC Member States to intensify and coordinate their efforts with a view to reaching a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, support the legitimate State authorities, and provide more humanitarian and development assistance.

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday deposited $2-billion in Yemen's central bank after the Yemeni prime minister made a public plea for funds to prop up the currency and help stave off hunger.

Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghir had called on the kingdom and its allies to act "now, not tomorrow", and said saving the Yemeni rial means "saving Yemenis from inevitable starvation". On Monday, January 15, 2018, four World Food Program mobile cranes arrived in the Iranian-backed Houthi militia controlled Port of Hodeidah and have been installed; which will further facilitate efficient dissemination of supplies to the Yemeni people. As the value of the Riyal goes up, the living conditions of Yemeni citizens will change for the better. In his letter, he said Yemen needed a bailout.

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However, they failed to mention the role of Saudi Arabia in causing the economic crisis and impending starvation in Yemen.

The announcement comes amid mounting global criticism of the Saudi-led coalition's role in the war, particularly civilian deaths caused by airstrikes as well as coalition control of Yemen's ports, which are a lifeline for imports.

It also focuses on needs of internally displaced people, returnees and host communities in a more sustainable manner and on working with national institutions, added OCHA.

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The disclosure, however, did not give full details on the type of weapons exported, but DW notes that a significant proportion of the sales to Saudi Arabia is expected to include four patrol boats and 110 military trucks.

There were no reports of casualties or damage.

- As of late December, there were 381 suspected diphtheria cases in Yemen and 38 associated deaths, almost all of them children under 15, according to the World Health Organization.

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The coalition promised to keep all ports open, including the Hodeidah port, to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Yemenis, considering the blockade of Houthis on ports under their control.

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