After almost quintupling its sale of weapons to Riyadh between 2016-2017, Berlin announced Friday that it would halt arms sales to any nation participating in the war in Yemen, including Saudi Arabia — a major armaments buyer — "immediately," according to Financialtimes.com
In a tweet, a Merkel spokesman posted that Berlin "isn't taking any arms export decisions right now that aren't in line with the results of the preliminary talks," indicating the ongoing negotiations between Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) political party and primary opposition political party Social Democrats (SPD).
SPD party officials have strongly criticized German weapons sales to nations with a substandard record on human rights, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Left-wing Die Linke party lawmaker Stefan Liebich, in calling attention to the ongoing carnage, stated in Berlin that Riyadh and its allies would "answer for the thousands of deaths from their dirty war in Yemen."
Liebich asserted that Germany's sale of weapons to countries waging war in Yemen was a "reprehensible" action, cited by Financialtimes.com.
Beginning in 2015, a Riyadh-backed regime has been struggling to keep power in Yemen against a rebellion of Tehran-backed armed Houthi militants, in a proxy war between two major Middle East powers that has seen over 10,000 killed, including over half of those casualties counted as civilians.