London High Court rejects bid to halt British arms sales to Saudi

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Posted: Jul 10, 2017 6:00 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - London's High Court rejected on Monday a claim by campaigners that Britain's multi-billion-pound arms sales to Saudi Arabia should be halted because they were being used in Yemen in violation of international humanitarian law.

The Campaign Against The Arms Trade (CAAT) had sought an order to block export licenses for British-made bombs, fighter jets and other munitions which it said the Saudi-led Arab coalition was using in a campaign against Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen's civil war.

"The claimant's claim for judicial review is dismissed," the High Court judgment said.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)