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The new Head of the EU Delegation in Yemen, Hans Grundberg, addressed the questions of the EU Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) in a closed session today. I have taken over the questions on behalf of the Green Group. This was an important meeting, as the EU is a key actor in mobilising humanitarian aid in Yemen. At the same time, European states are not uninvolved in the terrible fighting on the ground, as they are still supplying weapons to warring actors such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Gerade letzten Sonntag hat Saudi-Arabien ein Gefangenenlager bombardiert, 130 Gefangene kamen ums Leben. Saudi-Arabien hatte das attackierte Gebäude angeblich für ein rebellisches Waffenlager gehalten und zum Abschuss freigegeben. Diese Tat reiht sich hinter einer Vielzahl von Kriegsverbrechen ein, die die EU seit Jahren kritisiert.

Mehr noch, wir können nicht mit Bestimmtheit ausschließen, dass Kriegsverbrechen und Gräueltaten wie die am Sonntag auch durch europäische Waffen begangen worden sind. Erst kürzlich berichtete die NGO Disclose über die Verwendung französischer Waffen im Jemen-Krieg.

This work by journalists and activists is important. But actually, it is the task of the EU to get an overview of which European weapons are used in such wars and how. That is why I asked delegation leader Grundberg what he thinks about monitoring the use of European weapons in Yemen by the EU delegation. I think that the delegation has a duty to inform Parliament as best it can about the use of these weapons. And to work to ensure that the arms embargo that Parliament has decided to impose on the Member States is effectively enforced. We will keep at it!

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