Spain cancels arms sale to Saudi Arabia over Yemen war concerns
Spain's defence ministry has cancelled sales of laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia because of concerns over the Yemen war.
Madrid signed a contract with Riyadh for 400 bombs in 2015. But it will now back out of the deal and return the $10m (Â£7.8m) they have already received.
Confirming the news, a Spanish government spokeswoman declined to give any further details. There was no immediate response from Saudi authorities.
Last month the defence ministry said it had never sold arms that could be used against a civilian population, while condemning the killing of non-combatants in Yemen.
It added that it would review any possible sales that had not yet been closed and could be involved in attacks on civilians.
In April, Spain signed a framework agreement to sell warships to Saudi Arabia in a deal estimated to be worth around â¬1.8bn (Â£1.6bn).
Amnesty International and other human rights groups have denounced Western arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its allies in a war which has claimed the lived of more than 10,000 people and left 8.4 million on the brink of famine, according to the United Nations.
The Independent has previously revealed that the number of British-made bombs and missiles sold to Saudi Arabia sin ce the start of its campaign in Yemen had risen by almost 500 per cent.