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Norway suspends arms exports to UAE over war in Yemen

Norway suspends arms exports to UAE over war in Yemen
From Al Jazeera - January 3, 2018

Norway has suspended exports of weapons and ammunition to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over concerns they could be used in the war in Yemen, the country's foreign ministry has told Al Jazeera.

The Scandinavian country said while there was no evidence Norwegian-made ammunition had been used in the devastating conflict, which is nearing three years, there was a high risk related to the UAE's military involvement there.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels that control the capital Sanaa and much of the country's north.

The coalition launched a massive aerial campaign against the rebels in March 2015, aimed at restoring the government of PresidentAbd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Since then, the UN says more than 60,000 people have been killed or wounded, and another three million displaced.

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