More than a quarter of the revenue generated by German firms exporting military equipment in 2012 hailed from one country, Saudi Arabia. Despite an overall decline, the annual arms export report has courted criticism.
Saudi Arabia is behind "the single biggest attack on children" during the war in Yemen, rights groups say. With no end in sight, observers are asking whether targeting children is a new feature of the brutal conflict.
The German government approved significantly fewer arms sales last year, official figures show. However, weapons exports to non-NATO countries increased, with Algeria and Egypt the main recipients.
Germany is trying to boost cyberdefense with the Bundeswehr's Cyber and Information Domain Service (CIDS), against the background of rising numbers of cyberattacks as well as funding and recruitment challenges.
Saudi Arabia is not dependent on Germany for its arms and will find other suppliers, Foreign Minister Adel al Jubair said. It comes after Germany blocked further arms exports to countries involved in the war in Yemen.
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