Deutsche Welle: German arms export approvals spike11 July 2019 | 09:17 | FOCUS News Agency
That total for the first half of 2019 surpasses the ?4.8 billion in arms export approvals for the whole of 2018.
Hungary topped the 2019 current recipient list with ?1.76 billion in arms, followed by Egypt receiving ?800 million and South Korea ?278 million. Sixth on the list was the United Arab Emirates with ?206 million.
Hungary, whose nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, has been at odds with EU and NATO partners on various issues, vowed in May to double his government's spending on Hungary's military
Egypt and the UAE are members of a Saudi Arabia-led alliance of Arab states that since 2015 has fought Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The impact on Yemenis has been described by the UN as the worst humanitarian disaster in the world.
Under defense industry pressure from Britain and France, Berlin recently eased an arms embargo on Yemen war participants.
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