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World: Saudi Arabia: Italy revokes contracts for missiles and bombs!

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Arabie saoudite : l’Italie révoque des contrats pour des missiles et des bombes ! © Pixabay Saudi Arabia: Italy revokes contracts for missiles and bombs! While Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are heavily involved in the conflict in Yemen, Rome has definitively revoked export authorizations for 12,700 Italian bombs and missiles.

Italy cracked down on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which were heavily involved in the conflict in Yemen. Suspended for 18 months, export licenses for missiles and bombs to the two countries have been definitively revoked, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio announced on his Twitter account. The Italian NGO "The Network for Peace and Disarmament" specifies that 12,700 Italian bombs and missiles will not go in the direction of the two countries concerned. The Italian government had already suspended export authorizations in July 2019.

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"Simply stopping the supply of missiles and air bombs to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cannot end the war in Yemen and alleviate the suffering of a population exhausted by conflict, famine and disease , but constitutes a necessary step to create the preconditions for peace ", adds the NGO. This decision by the Italian government "puts an end once and for all to the possibility that thousands of explosive devices made in Italy could hit civilian structures, cause casualties among the population or could contribute to worsening the already serious humanitarian situation in this country. country ", welcomed the NGO.

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The conflict in Yemen for six years has pitted the Houthi rebels, supported by Iran, against forces loyal to the government, supported since 2015 by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and of which the United Arab Emirates is a part.

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© AHMAD AL-BASHA A man looks out the window of a school for displaced Yemenis, in Al-Turba in the governorate of Taez, on the 4th February 2021 The belligerents in Yemen have reaffirmed their commitment to end the conflict after US President Joe Biden pledged to support "diplomatic efforts", but a solution still appears elusive at this stage, say Friday experts.

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