'Activists have managed to force yet another Saudi cargo ship to leave the southern French port of Fos-sur-Mer without loading weapons that it was supposed to take back home amid Riyadh's deadly war against the people of Yemen.
ACAT, a Christian organization against torture, confirmed Thursday that for the second time this month rights campaigners were able to block a Saudi vessel in France as the government of President Emmanuel Macron comes under growing pressure to stop its arms sales to the kingdom.
The Saudi freighter, Bahri Tabuk, returned to sea on Wednesday night with its holds empty, the French NGO said.
"Once again, faced with citizen mobilization and our legal action, a Saudi freighter had to give up loading French weapons, this time in Fos-sur-Mer," Nathalie Seff of ACAT-France said in a statement.
According to shipping data by Refinitiv Eikon, the Saudi-flagged ship left French waters and was sailing towards Alexandria in Egypt. Labeled as a vehicle carrier, Bahri Tabuk had also transported soybean meal in the past.
The first Saudi ship tried to dock at the Le Havre port in France's northern coast two weeks ago but left without its cargo after dockers threatened to block its arrival in the port.
The confrontation by activists came weeks after an online investigative site published leaked French military intelligence that showed Macron's government was selling a wide range of weapons to Riyadh, including tanks and laser-guided missile systems.'
Reads more: Another Saudi ship leaves French port without weapons amid anti-war protests