Spain confirms report it has halted sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia

By REUTERS
September 4, 2018 17:01
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MADRID - A Spanish Defense Ministry spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday a media report that Spain has halted the sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia amid concerns about their use in a conflict in Yemen.

Spanish broadcaster Cadena Ser reported the Defense Ministry had started a process to cancel a contract signed between Spain and Saudi Arabia in 2015 to sell 400 laser-guided bombs, and would pay back 9.2 million euros already paid for the material.The broadcaster added the bombs would have been used in Yemen.

"We confirm the news," a spokeswoman for the ministry said, declining to give any further details.

Amnesty International and other campaigners have denounced Western arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its allies in a deadly conflict in Yemen.


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