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01/03/2018 10:50 am ET

Norway Suspends Arms Sales To United Arab Emirates Over Yemen War

Norway's Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday the country has suspended exports of weapons and ammunition to the UAE.
Members of a family displaced by war in the northwestern areas of Yemen sit in their makeshift hut on a street in the Red Sea
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Members of a family displaced by war in the northwestern areas of Yemen sit in their makeshift hut on a street in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, Yemen December 24, 2017. Picture taken December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway has suspended exports of weapons and ammunition to the United Arab Emirates over concerns they could be used in the war in Yemen, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition formed in 2015 to fight the Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls most of northern Yemen and the capital Sanaa, in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million.

While there is currently no evidence that Norwegian-made ammunition has been used in Yemen, there was a rising risk related to the UAE’s military involvement there, the ministry said.

Existing export permits had been temporarily revoked and no new licenses would be issued under the current circumstances, Norway said.

In 2016, Norwegian exports of weapons and ammunition to the UAE rose to 79 million Norwegian crowns ($9.7 million) from 41 million in 2015, Statistics Norway data showed.

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik; editing by John Stonestreet)

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