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In the Yemen war "Tornados" are in action – politics

  • euro Fighter and Tornados are also used in the war in Yemen – that was the first time the Federal Government had admitted.
  • Both fighter jets are developed and built by Germany together with other countries such as Great Britain and Italy.
  • The Federal Government has always stated that it has no indications of such operations. She does not want to publicly comment on the process.


By Georg Mascolo and Reiko Pinkert, Hamburg

For the first time, the federal government has admitted that euro Fighter and Tornados to be used in the war in Yemen. After research by NDR, WDR and South German newspaper Last week, at a secretly scored meeting of the Federal Foreign Office, it became known that the Federal Government has its own intelligence on the use of combat aircraft in Yemen. According to this, Saudi Arabia is in war against rebels in Yemen Tornados as well as euro Fighter used.

Both fighter jets are developed and built by Germany together with other countries such as Great Britain and Italy. The federal government does not want to comment on the process publicly. One speaks on this topic "basically only to the competent, secretive committees of the German Bundestag," as a spokeswoman on request tells. The Federal Government has always stated that it has no indications of such operations. Most recently, Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier (CDU) stressed in February that he had "no knowledge" that German armaments technology would be used in Yemen.

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Several hundred schools destroyed by fighter planes

The war in Yemen is considered by the United Nations to be the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. According to UNICEF, several hundred schools have been destroyed by fighter planes, and several thousand children have been killed in the war. When the Federal Government of CDU / CSU and SPD concluded its coalition agreement in March 2018, it pledged: "From now on, we will not authorize exports to countries as long as they are directly involved in the Yemen war."

Saudi Arabia is leading an alliance of nine states in Yemen, which is supporting the local government against insurgent Houthi rebels. The rebels are supported by Iran. In this war, which has been going on for years, there are always bombardments by fighter planes. Amnesty International accused the Saudi-led alliance of war crimes and human rights violations. In addition, Amnesty criticizes the United Arab Emirates for handing over Western arms to militias during the Yemen War.

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Berlin extends the export stop for German armaments to Saudi Arabia. The compromise that has been found can not hide the fact that Germany must clearly define its own values ​​in the field of arms exports.Comment by Nico Fried


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