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War crimes with Norwegian ammunition?

The war in Yemen has led to the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. All the warring parties are responsible for war crimes, according to the UN. Nevertheless, Norway continues to export arms to the parties.

What consequences has the war in Yemen had for Norwegian arms exports to the countries involved? According to Ny Tid's review of export figures from January 2015 to January 2016, there is little indication that Norway has put in the brakes: Rather, we continue to export weapons to the United Arab Emirates, including large quantities of ammunition. In January 2016 alone, cartridges and materials in the category of bombs, grenades and the like were exported to a value of almost NOK 22 million.

Next to Saudi Arabia, the Emirates is considered the most active country in the coalition that entered the civil war in Yemen in March 2015, and participates with both air and ground forces in several places in the country. In the worst case scenario, Norwegian ammunition and Norwegian weapons can be used to commit war crimes in Yemen.
Nammo is Norway's largest producer of ammunition, and confirms to Ny Tid that the company has exported ammunition to the Emirates. In March 2015, Nammo created its own. . .

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Tori Aarseth
Aarseth is a political scientist and a regular journalist at Ny Tid.

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