Sunday 31 May 2020
News ID: 78806
Publish Date: 20 May 2020 - 21:54
Despite Ban Over Yemen Concerns
ABU DHABI (Dispatches) – A series of Danish investigations published on Danwatch accuse the country’s largest arms manufacturer of war crimes in Yemen.
The report, which is based on information gathered from intelligence reports, public access requests, satellite imagery, television and interviews, found that Danish arms manufacturer Terma had continued to supply radar and missile systems to the UAE which were later used in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Sales from Terma continued beyond 22 November 2018, despite a decision by Denmark and other European states to block arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a result of their involvement in Yemen.
Danwatch, TV2 and Lighthouse’s investigation alleges military hardware provided by Terma after 2018 was used to prevent cargo ships carrying emergency aid from reaching the Yemeni coast.
The report reviews footage from Emirati television station Aloom Al-Daar, which was later uploaded to YouTube, showing a UAE warship stopping a smaller cargo ship as part of the blockade of Yemen.
Danwatch claims the footage and "several other videos” demonstrate the UAE’s participation in the blockade, and therefore, Terma’s complicity in causing a famine which, according to the investigation, caused the deaths of at least 85,000 Yemeni children.
The report goes on to say Terma’s arms exports to the UAE facilitated Emirati bombing of opposition-held regions of the country, by providing a system for the Archangel fighter aircraft.
The investigation was able to pinpoint Emirati Archangel aircraft in several places in the war zone through satellite images, Danwatch reported.
General Secretary of Amnesty International in Denmark, Trine Christensen, told the reporters: "The Emirates is deeply involved in the blockade of Yemen. The blockade has had catastrophic consequences for the civilian population and is contributing to extensive famine because food and medicine supplies cannot enter the country.”
The Saudi-led coalition invaded Yemen in 2015. Since then, over 100,000 people have been killed, according to the U.S.-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).

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