Date: 9 months ago   Category: Society

Spain has refused to sell to Saudi Arabia bombs with laser targeting


The authorities of Spain have cancelled delivery of 400 bombs with laser targeting for Saudi Arabia. Madrid has expressed fears a possibility of their use against insurgents Houthis in Yemen. Radio Cadena SER reports about it.

the Agreement on purchase of bombs has signed the previous government, but new the left-centrist government of the prime minister Pedro Sanchez intends to return to Saudi Arabia money. It is about 9,2 million euros ($10,6 million) which were already paid by the Kingdom.

the International human rights groups accuse the coalition led by Saudi Arabia of murder of civilians, including children, as a result of numerous airstrikes.

according to Amnesty International, the Spanish side as the old commercial ally of Saudi Arabia, is a supplier of military equipment and weapon, the fourth in size, for the Kingdom. According to the Stockholm international research institute of the world - the independent global database on safety, the main suppliers of Arabia are the USA, Great Britain and France.

the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has visited all four countries in April, 2018. Two months later his government has signed purchase of five naval corvettes which the Spanish state military ship builder promised to put for 2 billion euros ($2,31 billion). The contract worked for many years.

of Sale have undergone sharp criticism from "Weapon under control", the campaign directed to the termination of sale of weapon of Saudi Arabia over her role in Yemen. The campaign supported by Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Intermon Oxfam and the Spanish FundiPau, also wants to stop export of weapon to Israel, the country which they accuse of violation of the international laws in the Palestinian territories.

Representatives of group met the Spanish trade officials on Tuesday to deliver thousands of signatures in support of the campaign that also promotes bigger transparency on sales of the military and defensive equipment which Spain protects according to laws of the state secret. The UN states that the conflict in Yemen became the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and more than 22 million people need the help in the poorest country of the Arab world.

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