Spain temporarily halted all arms sales to Israel in the wake of the IDF’s operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Spanish daily El Pais reported Tuesday.
The move will be reviewed in September, and is considered to be largely symbolic.
Spain sold Israel €4.9 million ($6.56 million) worth of arms in 2013, including vehicle parts, ATVs, grenade fuses, and optical systems.
On Monday, the British government said it had begun conducting a review of all weapons export licenses to Israel in order to assure that the arms are being put to “appropriate” use. The decision to review the licenses was made last week, the spokeswoman added, amid concerns over Israel’s conduct in Gaza.
According to health officials in Gaza, nearly 1,900 Palestinians have been killed throughout the operation, which was launched by Israel in order to uncover and demolish a network of underground tunnels leading from the Hamas-controlled enclave into Israeli territory, and in order to stem rocket fire at Israeli territory from the Strip. Israel maintains that some 900 of those killed in Gaza were Hamas or Islamic Jihad gunmen.
Sixty-four IDF soldiers have been killed in combat with Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters as well, and three civilians have died as a result of rocket or mortar fire by terror operatives in Gaza.
The US Defense Department came under criticism last week after approving arms sales to Israel to restock ammunition supplies.
Earlier this week, a top Pentagon spokesman declared that the Obama administration would not leverage arms transfers to Israel to bring about a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
Israel has blamed Hamas for the destruction in Gaza, since it emplaced its rockets, rocket launchers, cross-border tunnel openings and other military infrastructure in homes, schools and mosques, and thus used Gazans as human shields.