Wednesday, 08 May 2019
Saudi Arabia is using weapons and arms technology in the civil war in Yemen, despite assurances given by the Walloon regional government when export licences were granted. Yemen is currently in the midst of an armed civil conflict after a 2017 Saudi-led coup against the government. A Saudi blockade of the country has led to famine, and the spread of a cholera outbreak that has now affected more than one million people.
#BelgianArms also reports that despite an embargo by Wallonia on new export licences to Saudi Arabia following the murder last year of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, arms are still being exported under licences issued before last October. The group saw records from the port of Antwerp which show at least three weapons transports taking place from Belgium to Saudi Arabia since that date.