A senior leader of the Houthis (Ansar Allah) said on Thursday, that the French Hercules howitzer have displaced more than half a million Yemenis of the border districts with Saudi Arabia.
Al-Houthi said that the French president's assertion that “his country has asked Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates not to use French-made weapons in Yemen, and that French weapons are not used in attacks basically misguided reality.”
" "the French Hercules howitzer is used along the Yemeni land border, displacing more than half a million residents of the border districts.", he tweeted
Al-Houthi has proved the use of French weapons in the Yemen war, saying 'to assure President Macron that the French Caesar is what the Saudis are using, we have attached to you the link of the National Guard channel and the statement of the commander of the Saudi artillery battalion in a field broadcast.”
French President Emmanuel Macron had said at a press conference Thursday evening that Paris has asked Saudi Arabia and the UAE not to use French-made weapons in the Yemen war.
He added: "France has important partners in the region, especially the UAE," and "significantly reduced their participation in Yemen" and "Saudi Arabia at a lower level", explaining that since he was elected president of France, demand clear commitments not to use weapons that fall within the framework of cooperation between Paris, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, on the Yemeni stage.
Macron said that his country has also significantly reduced the number of these contracts, the most sensitive among them.
"I think we have succeeded in ensuring that French weapons are not used in attacks," he said, adding, but if French equipment is confirmed, “I hope we can conduct an investigation under international supervision and succeed in asking our partners to be held accountable because what I asked them not to use ( Weapons) in this conflict. "
Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict erupted after the Houthis ousted the government and seized power in late 2014.
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.