Report: Saudi Arabia, UAE transferred American-made weapons to militants in Yemen
The American news-based television channel CNN revealed in a new report issued Monday that Saudi Arabia and its coalition partner in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have transferred American-made weapons to armed groups involved in serious human rights violations in Yemen.
According to the report, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have used the US-manufactured weapons “as a form of currency to buy the loyalties of militias or tribes, bolster chosen armed actors, and influence the complex political landscape.”
Commenting on the report, the Pentagon said that the two Gulf states were breaking the terms of their arms deal with Washington.
A US defence official told CNN that there was an ongoing investigation into the issue.
Along the same line, Amnesty International published a new investigating on Wednesday accusing the UAE of "recklessly" supplying militias and other factions waging war in Yemen with an array of advanced weaponry.
"Emirati forces receive billions of dollars' worth of arms from Western states and others, only to siphon them off to militias in Yemen that answer to no one and are known to be committing war crimes,” Patrick Wilcken, arms control and human rights researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement.