Britain acts to limit military, police equipment exports to Egypt

Aug. 28, 2013 at 8:14 PM

LONDON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The British government has moved to restrict the export of military and police equipment to Egypt, where the military has deposed the civilian government.

The British Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said 49 export licenses covering a variety of equipment that could be used to repress the Egyptian citizenry have been suspended, British newspaper The Guardian reported Wednesday.

"This suspension will apply to licenses for the Egyptian army, air force and internal security forces or Ministry of the Interior," the department said.

Equipment for communications, aerial target and radar equipment, cryptography and software, components for military helicopters and vehicles, and small-arms training ammunition are included on the list.

The action does not affect a major order Egypt has placed for military helicopters, however, the newspaper said.

Britain last month lifted five licenses that covered components for armored fighting infantry vehicles, communication equipment for tanks and machine gun parts, The Guardian said.

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