Germany has approved more major weapons deals with the UAE, including deliveries of high-caliber ammunition, which is helping the Saudi regime in its ongoing war on Yemen.
Germany is supplying more weapons to belligerents in the Yemen conflict, even though the ongoing war in the Middle East’s poorest country has triggered a famine and a refugee crisis, Deutsche Welle reported on Saturday.
Citing an Economy Ministry document delivered to parliament, both “Der Spiegel” and the “taz” newspaper reported this week that the German government approved the sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of 203,448 detonators for 40-mm shells by the Rottweil-based company Junghans Microtec, as well as 126 million euros ($134 million) worth of armor-plating for military vehicles by Dynamit Nobel Defence, located in Burbach, North Rhine-Westphalia.
The sales show that Germany is continuing its policy of arming countries in the Middle East despite their direct involvement in the Saudi war on Yemen, and despite the German government’s policy of vetting arms deals for potential humanitarian impact.
The political opposition was quick to condemn the new sales. “Once again, the government is waving through the delivery of military equipment to a war participant in the Gulf region,” said Agnieszka Brugger, the Green party’s defense policy spokeswoman. “Instead of finally stopping all arms dealing with the states participating in the bloody war in Yemen, the CDU and SPD [Germany’s governing coalition parties] are ignoring Germany’s arms export guidelines once again.”
When asked, the Economy Ministry insists that Germany’s arms export controls are among the toughest in the world, but that hasn’t stopped the country staying among the world’s top five arms exporters for many years.