Protests rally in Germany against weapons' sale to countries participating in Yemen war

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2019-05-13 | Since 3 Month

A protest against sale of EU countries weapons to countries participating in war in Yemen in German capital Berlin

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A protest rally was held in the German capital of Berlin on the sale of arms to the countries participating in the Yemen war.

A group of activists gathered in the square on March 18 in front of the famous Brandenburg Gate, demanding that Germany and EU countries halt arms exports to warring countries in Yemen.

Four protesters wore masks embodying the faces of French President Emmanuel Macaron, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Teresa May

The weapons manufactured in Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain are used in the Yemen war, Christine Hoffmann said in a statement on behalf of the protesters, blaming the countries for the worst humanitarian disaster in the world, according to the United Nations.

"German companies, with the consent of the German government, are selling arms to countries that are involved in the war in Yemen, such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan," she said.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

Germany declared a ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia until September 30, 2019, following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi group seen as proxy for Iran in the Arabian Peninsula country.

The conflict has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced, triggering the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

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