Arms factory in Italy to stop Saudi Arabia, UAE bomb exports on Yemeni war

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2019-08-02 | Since 7 Month

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Arms factory in Italy will stop exporting to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates bombs used in the Yemeni war for 18 months Italian media reported.

RWM Italia, a subsidiary of German defence company Rheinmetall, produces bombs whose fragments have been found on airstrike targets in Yemen.

“We welcome a decision that should have been taken a long time ago, as we had urged,’’ the Italian Civil Society Coordination Group said in a statement.

The group includes the Italian chapters of the Amnesty International, Oxfam and Save the Children charities, as well as Italian disarmament campaigners.

According to media news, RWM Italia is complying with an Italian government decision to suspend export licences for aircraft bombs and components to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The media quoted from a letter RWM Italia sent to its employees on Tuesday indicating that the suspension was with immediate effect and will last up to 18 months.

RWM Italia deflected questions about the report to its parent company, and a Rheinmetall spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

On June 26, the Italian House of Representatives approved a bill that would stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE for fear of using them in "practices that violate international humanitarian law in Yemen."

Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict by the government backed by the coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis.

More than 11.000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of others injured in the war. Millions have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled outside the country.

The coalition has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, according to the UN and international human rights organizations.

The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.

And there are nearly 2 million children suffering from acute malnutrition, the UN said.




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