Canada faces calls to freeze arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Human rights groups are calling on Canada to suspend all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, after serious concerns were raised over the alleged use of Canadian-made arms in a violent crackdown on civilians in an eastern province of the Gulf kingdom.

Images shared on social media purportedly show Canadian-made armored vehicles being used by Saudi government forces against Shiite civilians in the country’s restive, eastern Qatif province, The Globe and Mail newspaper first reported.