Italian dock workers refuse to load cargo onto Saudi Arabian ship headed to Yemen

21. 05.2019

Italian dock workers refused to load shipment onto a Saudi cargo ship carrying weapons to Yemen, reports said Monday.

The workers reportedly went on strike, refusing to work until the ship leaves the port in Genoa.

Rights campaigners say the weapons contravene a U.N. treaty because they might be used against civilians in Yemen.

The Bahri Yanbu cargo has been touring European ports, allegedly picking up arms to be used in the war in Yemen. It arrived in Genoa, in north-west Italy, on Monday, amid protests by dockers.

“We have news that the #BahriYanbu ship will load 8 self-propelled cannons from France at the dock of the Military Arsenal of La Spezia,” the Italian Network on Disarmament (RID) tweeted…read more