The spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has fiercely criticized the French government for supplying Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) weapons that have been used in their war on Yemen, describing the move “a clear hypocrisy to evade crimes.”
“The persistence of French President (Emmanuel Macron) on selling arms to Saudi Arabia on the pretext that they are not used against (Yemeni) civilians is a clear hypocrisy to evade crimes,” Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network cited Mohammed Abdul-Salam as writing on his official Twitter page on Friday.
The Houthi official then called on France and other countries to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which have been involved in an atrocious military aggression against Yemen for more than four years.
“The move is an attempt by France to evade responsibility for the crimes being committed against Yemeni people,” Abdul-Salam noted.
Meanwhile, a Saudi cargo ship that had been expected to pick up a hugely controversial shipment of French arms from Le Havre port in the Normandy region of northwestern France has not docked there and left without its arms cargo.
According to ship tracking data and comments from a local French official to Reuters, the Bahri Yanbu is now sailing towards Santander in Spain.
On Thursday, two French human rights groups had sought to block the loading of weapons onto the Saudi vessel.
It came weeks after investigative website Disclose published leaked documents, showing Saudi Arabia was using French weapons, including tanks and laser-guided missile systems, against civilians in Yemen’s war.
Faced with strong criticism, Macron admitted that the weapons were indeed being used in the war; but only within Saudi Arabia’s border.