Peace groups protest Saudi ship in Spanish port

Spanish arms control groups have staged a protest against the presence of a Saudi cargo ship they suspect is carrying weapons for use in Yemen

MADRID -- Spanish arms control groups staged a protest Tuesday against the presence of a Saudi cargo ship they suspect is carrying weapons for use in Yemen.

Amnesty International, a member of the group, says the ship has carried weapons, mostly military aircraft components, on eight voyages from the United States to Saudi Arabia.

The ship left Sagunto early Tuesday afternoon, port authorities said. They said the ship had carried out fully legal cargo operations but could not say what the ship was carrying or where it was now headed.

Countries are under pressure not to send arms to Saudi Arabia amid concerns they are being used against civilians in Yemen where thousands have died since the conflict began in 2014.