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  1. The figure of three weapons per capita is a crude division of the number of weapons assessed to be in Yemen divided by the assessed national population, and ignores the existence of the five major arms dealers (who hold stocks of many thousands of weapons) and the numerous “retail” weapons dealers, such as in Jihana or Suq al-Tilh, who hold hundreds themselves.
    One of the main enablers of the arms trade is the ease with which the dealers can acquire end-user certificates for their purchases. Another problem is the corruption of the armed forces who will willing sell their weapons and materiel to domestic actors – hence how the Mombasa SAM came to be bought from the Yemen market. A further issue is the custom of the Government presenting weapons to a tribe as part of a peace settlement.

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