The United Arab Emirates is considered as a main supplier of foreign arms to militias and other factions waging war in Yemen.
According to an investigation conducted by Amnesty International and reported on Wednesday, armored vehicles, mortar systems and guns are being sent to groups accused of war crimes.
However, the reports cite evidences from open-source.
Amnesty investigation is concluded with the statements of evidences which revealed that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have transferred American-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias, and other groups. So that these countries have already violated their agreements with the United States.
“While the USA, the UK, France and other European states have rightly been criticized for supplying arms to Coalition forces, and Iran has been implicated in sending arms to the Houthis, a deadly new threat is emerging. Yemen is quickly becoming a safe haven for UAE-backed militias that are largely unaccountable,” Patrick Wilcken, arms control and human rights researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement.
“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.”
The US has made over $22 billion in arms agreements. However, it has sold and delivered over $6 billion in weapons to the UAE. Along with the US, Australia, China and South Africa have supplied the UAE with over $3.5 billion worth of arms since 2015.