"The UK Government is facing calls to explain why British weapons have reportedly been sold to nations which use child soldiers."
"On Saturday, The Guardian newspaper revealed that out of 23 countries listed by the UN for using child soldiers or where children are targeted in warzones, the UK sold military hardware to 19 during the last five years."
"Countries that have purchased UK-made weapons and materiel include Somalia, Thailand and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, all of which have been reported to recruit children as soldiers."
"Other buyers include Israel, whose military actions in Gaza in 2014 left 521 Palestinian children dead, and Saudi Arabia, which according to UN reports has killed at least 300 Yemeni children in air strikes since March."
"The revelations come as the world's largest arms fair, the Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI), begins on Tuesday in London."
"Among DSEI's sponsors are BAE Systems and Raytheon, both of which operate manufacturing facilities in Scotland."