19 Feb '11, 4am

Britain, France halt security gear export amid unrest

LONDON: Britain and France halted exports of some security equipment to Bahrain and Libya after violent clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in both Arab states. A day after announcing a review of British arms export licences, the government had decided to revoke 44 licences for Bahrain and eight for Libya, said minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, on Friday. Licences for Yemen and other countries were under review amid a wave of popular uprisings spreading across the Middle East after the overthrow of regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Burt said licences would not be issued "where we judge there is a clear risk that the proposed export might provoke or prolong regional or internal conflicts, or which might be used to facilitate internal repression." He added that the government had "no evidence of British equipment being used ...

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