Spain makes U-turn, will now sell 400 missiles to Saudi Arabia

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The Spanish government reversed its decision to scrap a deal to sell 400 laser-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia, despite earlier reservations the hi-tech weapons may kill civilians in Yemen’s devastating war.
Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday the deal will now go ahead, a week after it was halted.
“The decision is that these bombs will be delivered to honour a contract that comes from 2015 and was made by the previous government,” Borrell told Spanish radio station Onda Cero, adding the sale had been reviewed three times.
“We found no reason not to carry it out.”
Spain and other Western countries, such as the United States and UK, have been heavily criticised for selling arms to Saudi Arabia because of its leading involvement in the disastrous war in Yemen.
At least 10,000 people – mostly civilians – have been killed since the Saudi and Emirati-led military coalition began bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen in 2015 – a death toll that hasn’t been updated in years and is likely far higher.