US Resumes Some Bahrain Arms Sales for ‘External Defence’
The United States is resuming sales of some weapons to Bahrain, but says it will not supply the Gulf state with any crowd control equipment.
The US State Department says the shipment will help Bahrain “maintain its external defence capabilities.”
Arms sales were frozen last year after the Bahraini government suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations.
Amnesty International says 60 people have been killed since the protests began in February 2011.
It is thought a frigate and other coast guard vessels will be supplied, along with upgraded engines for F-16 fighters.