Britain says it is reviewing arms exports to Israel again

By REUTERS
November 24, 2014 19:18

LONDON - Britain is undertaking a second review of arms export licenses to Israel to ensure equipment could not be used in a way that would breach international law, the government said on Monday.

The government has already conducted one such review, in August, in response to the Jewish state's conflict with Hamas in Gaza after which it said it would suspend 12 licenses to export military items to Israel if hostilities resumed.

It said on Monday it was conducting another review a day after Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip near the border with Israel, the first such fatality since a 50-day war ended in August.

"To ensure that new information is taken into account, and in light of the fact that a ceasefire has been in place for more than two months, ministers decided earlier this month to carry out a further review," a government spokeswoman said in a statement.


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