Ansarullah calls for halt to arms trade with ‘child-killer’ Saudi Arabia

2020-11-17 15:24:07
Ansarullah calls for halt to arms trade with ‘child-killer’ Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has praised the countries that have taken measures to stop arms sales to the “child-killer” Saudi Arabia regime, encouraging other world states to follow suit.

“We express our appreciation to the countries that have taken steps to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is a child-killer regime,” the Ansarullah spokesman, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, remarked in an official statement on Monday evening, referring to the Riyadh regime’s countless crimes against Yemeni children.

He asked other world states to take similar steps, adding that freezing such exports to the kingdom is the least humanitarian position that could be taken to lessen the brutal Saudi-led aggression against Yemen, which creates threats for global security and stability.

The comments come as Germany is ready to discuss extending its arms ban on the countries that were involved in the war on Yemen in the coming weeks ahead of its expiry on December 31.

In spite of serious opposition from France and Britain, two major arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition enacted the arms ban in late 2018, in response to the devastating ramifications of the Saudi-led war in Yemen and subsequent to the state-sponsored murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In addition to Germany, a number of other European countries, including Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands, have also suspended arms sales to the regime in Riyadh.

Meanwhile, 14 of the world’s top human rights organizations on Monday demanded that the Paris government “end France’s opacity on arms sales,” ahead of the publication of a parliamentary fact-finding report about arms export control to be published on November 18.

A joint press release, which has been co-signed by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights FIDH, Oxfam, and a number of local organizations stated that parliamentary control was “essential since French arms sales have been shown to be responsible for certain serious violations of humanitarian law, particularly in Yemen, where those violations have dramatic consequences for the civilian population.”

Heavily dependent on Western-supplied arms, the Saudi regime has been leading a military coalition of allied countries in a deadly war against Yemen since 2015 with the sole aim of reinstalling a Riyadh-friendly government in Sana’a.

The military campaign has mainly targeted ordinary people and Yemen’s civilian infrastructure, including but not limited to hospitals and schools, drawing calls from leading human rights groups for a halt to weapons sales to the aggressors. The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit organization, anticipates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives for over the past five years.

The Ansarullah movement, supported by armed forces, has been doing everything in its power to defend Yemen against the Saudi-led alliance, stoppping the aggressors from fulfilling the objectives of the bloody war.

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