Spain cancels arms sale to Saudi Arabia amid Yemen concerns

Spain cancels arms sale to Saudi Arabia amid Yemen concerns

Spain says it has cancelled the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia amid fears that the weapons could be used in the Arab coalition fighting in Yemen.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Spain says it has cancelled the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia amid fears that the weapons could be used in the Arab coalition fighting in Yemen.

The deal was originally signed in 2015 under Spain's former conservative government, but the new center-left administration plans to return the 9.2 million euros ($10.6 million) already paid by the Saudis, Cadena SER radio reported on Tuesday.

A Defense Ministry spokeswoman who was not authorized to be identified by media confirmed the report, but declined to elaborate.

Rights groups have criticized the coalition's airstrikes and other attacks in Yemen for killing civilians, including children.

The Saudi embassy in Madrid did not immediately respond to e-mailed questions.


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