Finland alongside Denmark, halt arms exports to Saudi over Yemen as Trump insists on killing Yemeni childern on the Childern Day




By: Yousra Abdulmalik

Finland has joined Germany and Denmark in halting exports of military equipment to Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen, in the latest fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Finnish government announced on Thursday it will also stop exporting arms to the United Arab Emirates, a member of a Saudi-led coalition.In a statement, the Nordic country cited ‘the alarming humanitarian situation in Yemen’ as the reason for halting arms exports to both Arab countries.

Denmark has suspended future approvals of weapons and military equipment exports to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the kingdom’s role in the conflict in Yemen, the Danish foreign ministry has said.

“In view of the continuing worrying situation in Yemen, the case of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and recent discussions among the EU foreign ministers, I have decided Denmark will suspend the export approval of arms to Saudi Arabia,” Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen tweeted on Thursday.

“Denmark already has very restrictive practices in this area, but I hope that the Danish decision can create further momentum and get more E.U. countries to support tight implementation of the E.U.’s regulatory framework in this area.”

The European Parliament (EP) said last week that the European Union’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia are stoking the deadly war on Yemen, calling for sanctions on the countries that refuse to respect the EU’s rules on weapons sales.

Germany has already suspended issuing future weapons export licences and has moved to halt all arms sales, while France said on Monday said it will decide soon on sanctions over Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

Norway also suspended new licenses for arms exports to Saudi Arabia earlier this month, but the UK and Spain have signalled they will keep selling weapons to Riyadh.

Instead of ending America’s military support and urging Saudi Arabia and the mere extras to stop their illegal war on Yemen, President Donald Trump has pledged never-ending support for Saudi Arabia.This all happened on World Children’s Day!

The basic human rights of Yemeni children and their families are also being violated on a daily basis because of Trump’s “never-ending support for Saudi Arabia.” Specifically, millions of Yemeni civilians are suffering because of the US-backed, Saudi blockade of the country.

Now, instead of putting an end to this man-made humanitarian catastrophe, the Trump administration prefers to be complicit in the ongoing war as the US supplies the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance. After all, Trump says “it’s all about America first. We’re not going to give up hundreds of billions of dollars in weapons orders.”

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said Washington intend to stand by Saudi Arabia despite the “unacceptable and horrible crime”.

According to figures compiled by the Middle East Eye, European countries have approved arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE worth more than $86.7 billion since 2015.

For Sudan part,About 360 Sudanese Janjaweed arrived in the town of Khokha through 6 buses from Aden province, run by UAE.the arrival of Sudanese soldiers to Khokha comes within the framework of the ongoing mobilization by the coalition forces to support them in a new escalation expected to be in the next few days, especially as the mobilization is still ongoing and there are new groups will reach Khokha successively on Friday.

Despite, UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, on Friday said that the world and the United Nations are interested in Hodeidah city and in keeping its port open to the flow and delivery of humanitarian aid to citizens.

Griffiths pointed out that he met with the political leaders in Sanaa and discussed with them the involvement in the negotiations to be held in Sweden.

He affirmed that all parties have a desire to bring peace to Yemen, saying “the world is interested in sitting of the parties to conflict at the negotiating table to achieve peace in Yemen quickly in order to end the suffering of the Yemeni people as a result of this war.”

In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 60,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

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