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Norway suspends arms, ammo exports to UAE amid war in Yemen

There was no comment from Kongsberg or from the Saudi-led coalition

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Airstrike in Yemen's capital, Sanaa (Photo: Twitter)
Airstrike in Yemen's capital, Sanaa (Photo: Twitter)

today said it has suspended of munitions and arms to the as a "precautionary line," based on its assessment of the situation in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Shiite rebels for the past three years.

The is part of the coalition.

said she has "no information" that any of Norway's military have been used in but that there's "great concern" over the humanitarian crisis.

The Emirati offered no immediate comment on Norway's decision.

Yesterday, Norwegian newspaper published a video by the Yemeni rebels, known as the Houthis, in which they claim to have seized "a US submarine."

The Norwegian newspaper said it was a REMUS 600 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle made by Norway's

There was no comment from Kongsberg or from the Saudi-led coalition. It was also not clear when the sub was purportedly seized.

Eriksen Soreide said that since 2010, has allowed sale of weapons and ammunition to the The decision to suspend sales for so-called A-material "munitions and arms" was made December 19 and announced today.

The Houthis, who are allied with Saudi Arabia's rival, Iran, have forced into exile the Saudi-backed and internationally recognised of Yemeni Despite a fierce air campaign against them, the rebels still control Yemen's capital, Sanaa, and much of the country's north along the border with

Earlier this month, the Houthis killed Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, after he broke off his alliance with the rebels and appeared ready to switch sides.

Yemen's war has killed more than 10,000 civilians and pushed millions to the brink of famine.

First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 19:00 IST