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Israel arms exports mark significant increase in 2021

Weapons and war equipments on display [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]
Weapons and war equipments on display [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli weapons exports have seen a significant increase last year, according to local media, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Figures by the Israeli Defence Ministry's International Defence Cooperation Directorate showed that the Israeli military and security exports "surged by 30 per cent" last year, Haaretz reported.

Israeli defence industries reported new contracts worth a cumulative $11.3 billion in 2021 compared to $8.6 billion in 2020, the report said.

As of September, Israel had nearly 4,000 military sales contracts in comparison to 5,400 sales contracts in 2021.

"This year is not yet over, but it appears to be on track to chalk up particularly high sales volumes and a long list of enormous defence deals," Haaretz said.

The newspaper attributed the surge in arms sales to the signing of normalisation deals with four Arab countries and the war in Ukraine.

In 2020, Israel signed normalisation deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. The deals, however, drew widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who say the Accords ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

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