Category Archives: UAE

Fierce clashes as coalition forces enter Yemen’s Hodeidah airport

Forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition fighting for Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah have stormed its airport, according to residents and military sources.

The United Arab Emirates’ WAM state news agency said that coalition fighters backed by Emirati armed forces had taken large areas of the airport compound.

UK, UAE and Ukraine involved in illegal arms deliveries to South Sudan

The Amnesty International human rights organization has found evidence that UK, UAE and Ukraine are involved in illegal arms deliveries to South Sudan, the organization’s Ukrainian department said on Facebook.

The report documents a complex multi-million dollar arms deal involving entities in the UK, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. While outlining the obligations of Ukraine and UAE to prevent irresponsible arms transfers, the report focuses on the role of a UK ‘front’ or ‘shell’ company, whose name was found on contract documents and an end user certificate. Any involvement of a UK-registered company in arms transfers to South Sudan would be in breach of the EU arms embargo on South Sudan, as well the Arms Trade Treaty, UK domestic law and stated UK policy on South Sudan.