It is possible that Italian-made bombs were the ones that hit the building in Sana’a in Yemen on Saturday. At this location, a funeral was in progress. There were 155 casualties and more than 530 wounded. The correspondent for the British TV channel ITV Neil Connery, who entered the building shortly after the bombing, posted via Twitter the photo of a component of a bomb that, according to a Yemeni official, was the Mark 82 type (MK 82).
Other images published via Twitter are more accurate: They report the tag detached from a bomb with the inscription: “For use on MK82, FIN guided bomb.” The serial number follows: 96214ASSY837760-4. The device was manufactured under license of the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon for use on a MK82 bomb. But it is not clear which company actually made it and which country exported it. It could have been Italy.
MK82 bombs are, in fact, manufactured in the Domusnovas factory in Sardinia by RWM Italia, a German subsidiary of the Rheinmetall conglomerate, with a registered office in Ghedi, Brescia province. These bombs are exported from Italy with the permission of the Armament Exports Licensing Unit (Italian acronym UAMA).
Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti confirmed it last Wednesday, albeit indirectly, when she answered a question by Representative Luca Frusone (M5S). Pinotti said: “The company RWM Italia has exported to Saudi Arabia under a license issued in accordance with current legislation.”