Ottawa Probes Claims Saudi Arabia Using Canadian-Made Weapons Against Own Citizens
Ottawa said it is investigating local media reports claiming that Saudi Arabia deployed Canadian-made combat hardware against its own civilians. Opposition and human rights groups are calling on the government to suspend arms exports to Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia launched a military operation against suspected militants in Shia-dominated Awamiya in the Eastern Province in May. The ongoing mission has resulted in casualties, both among police and local residents, Reuters reports, citing witnesses and activists.
Reports that Saudi Arabia is using Canadian-produced military vehicles against its own citizens later emerged in the Globe and Mail newspaper in July. The Canadian outlet claimed that photos and video distributed on social media pointed to the use of the country’s equipment in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.
Mark Hiznay, associate director of the arms division of Human Rights Watch, confirmed to the Globe and Mail that the vehicles in the pictures are Gurkha Armored Vehicles, built by Ontario-based Terradyne Armored Vehicles.
This is what Terradyne Armored Vehicles Gurkha looks like, according to photos on the company’s website:
The allegation that the vehicle pictured on social media is indeed the Gurkha was also confirmed by a retired Canadian general who spoke on condition of anonymity, the Globe and Mail said.
Terradyne President Durward Smith told the Canada-based National Post that the company “can’t really provide any comment on any of our customers or potential customers and what they’re doing with the vehicle.”
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