UK ends partial arms ban on Israel over Gaza fighting

LONDON – Britain has lifted what was in effect viewed as a partial arms embargo on arms sales to Israel that was imposed toward the end of last year’s Gaza war, because of fears some British components in weapons and equipment might be used against Palestinian civilians.

Even stricter criteria for arms sales to Israel were introduced shortly after the war by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, which at the time was headed by Vincent Cable, a Liberal Democrat MP who was part of the then-coalition with the Conservative led government.


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