SANA’A – International environmental organisation Greenpeace has demanded the German government continue an export ban on weapons to Saudi Arabia due to the country’s ongoing involvement in the war in Yemen.
“It is already a disgrace that an extension of the weapons embargo to Saudi Arabia needs to be discussed at all,” Greenpeace’s Expert for Disarmament, Alexander Lurz, told reporters on Monday.
Greenpeace has on Monday called on the German government to extend its ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia.
Greenpeace activists turned in a petition of over 10,000 signatures to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy demanding an extension to the ban, which expires at the end of September.
Alexander Lurz, disarmament expert of Greenpeace Germany, said the government should maintain its ban on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia due to Riyadh’s role in the Yemen war.
“Since the war erupted in Yemen, 91,000 people have been killed,” he stressed.
Lurz also called on the government to stop arms sales to all countries involved in the conflict.
Polls show that 81% of Germans oppose arms sales to nations involved in the Yemen war.
Last year, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government imposed restrictions on arms sales to Saudi Arabia due to its role in the conflict.
Berlin further sharpened its tone following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and halted all arms exports to the country. In March, the government extended its ban until the end of September.