May 13, 2019 / 4:36 PM / 13 days ago

Saudi ship left Spanish port with military ceremonial materials for Saudi Arabia -source

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) - A Saudi ship left the Spanish port of Santander on Monday carrying material that could be used in military ceremonies, destined for Saudi Arabia, a Spanish government source said.

The source said the material could be used for cannon salutes. The same source had earlier said the vessel, the Bahri-Yanbu, was carrying exhibition materials for the United Arab Emirates.

“There are two loads,” the source said. “They comply with all the norms, they are not for the war in Yemen, they are not for use in war.”

The vessel, the Bahri-Yanbu, was prevented by rights groups from loading an arms cargo at the French port of Le Havre on Friday. (Reporting by Belen Carreno Writing by Ingrid Melander Editing by Catherine Evans)

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