Peace campainers in France prevent weapons shipment to Saudi Arabia
A cargo vessel that was due to pick up arms for Saudi Arabia has docked in the French port of Le Havre following demonstrations by peace campaigners against the shipments.
The ship had been anchored just outside the port but then left for Spain without it’s planned cargo, which is said to have included eight Caesar howitzer cannons.
Protestors argue the arm transfer was illegal, because the United Nations has said Saudi Arabia may have committed war crimes in its conflict with Yemen, a claim also made against its Houthi opponents.
The French government approved the sale after receiving assurances from Riyadh that the arms would not be used against civilians.