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August 29, 2011

British arms exporters cash in on Arab Spring

August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011

British arms exports to the Middle East and North Africa have jumped by almost 30 per cent since the height of the Arab Spring, an investigation by The Times has found.
Arms worth £30.5 million were exported to countries including Libya, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia between February and June, compared with £22.2 million in the same period in 2010.
Weapons exported include those capable of being used for internal repression, such as small-arms ammunition, sniper rifles, shotguns and submachineguns. The revelation has prompted fierce criticism of the Government, which has been accused of having “no coherence” to its arms policy.


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