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11 Sep, 2017

Israel blamed for arming Myanmar amidst anti-Rohingya atrocities

CAIRO, Egypt, Sept 10 (NNN-MENA) – Human rights groups criticised Israel, for the continued sale of weaponry to the Myanmar junta, amid violence against Rohingya Muslims, local media reported, on Saturday.

More than 100 tanks, as well as, boats and light weapons have been sold to the Myanmar government by Israeli arms companies, investigations by several human rights watchdogs have found.

One company, TAR Ideal Concepts, has also trained Myanmar special forces, in northern Rakhine state, where much of the violence is taking place, posting pictures on their website, of its staff teaching combat tactics, and how to handle weapons.

There is a U.S. and EU embargo on selling arms to Myanmar, which was under military rule.

Israel’s high court will decide on whether to ban arms sales to the country, later this month, after a petition by Israeli activists.

The Israeli defence ministry defended arms sales, saying, the courts had no jurisdiction over a “diplomatic” issue, the report said.– NNN-MENA


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