Spain freezes arms exports to Israel over Gaza -report

This is the second country to announce sanctions over weapons sale to Israel in the past 24 hours, Haaretz says

Spain freezes arms exports to Israel over Gaza -report

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Spanish government decided to temporarily freeze arms and military technology exports to Israel over the offensive in the Gaza Strip, the Spanish daily El Pais reported on Monday.

According to Israeli paper Haaretz, Spain is the second country to announce sanctions over arms sale to Israel in the past 24 hours, after Britain said it was reviewing all arms export licenses to Israel.

The decision to freeze weapons exports from Spain to Israel was reached on Thursday, during a session of the inter-ministerial committee on arms manufacturing, Haaretz adds.

The paper states arms exports from Spain to Israel are fairly limited. In 2013, weapons sale was 5 million euro – 1 percent of all Spanish security exports. Spain provides Israel with missile parts, fuses from hand grenades, mortar parts, electro-optical equipment and fire control systems.

Spanish officials told El Pais, however, that the purpose of the move was sending Israel a diplomatic signal. The decision will be reviewed again at the next committee session in September.

Spain has used the political move in the past against other countries engaged in regional conflicts, such as Egypt, Venezuela and most recently Ukraine.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ağustos 2014, 11:55

Muhammed Öylek

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