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Yemeni government seized an Iranian arms shipment destined for Houthis

The Yemeni government announced, on Tuesday, that the Arab coalition forces seized an Iranian arms shipment near the coast of the country, which was destined for the Houthis

The Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, in a tweet attached to a video via its Twitter account, that “the coalition forces seized the shipment while it was coming from Iran off the coast of Yemen in the Arabian Sea,” without detailing when the shipment was seized.

The State Department added, “The shipment was destined for the Houthi militia, in clear violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.”

The State Department pointed out that “the shipment contains hundreds of various weapons, including shells, and night and day glasses, mechanisms for guiding drones, and electrical parts for remote detonation.”
The ministry condemned the “continued smuggling of arms to the Houthis,” and called on the international community and the Security Council to put an end to what it described as “violations” of the Iranian regime in Yemen.

Yemeni government seized an Iranian arms shipment destined for Houthis

It was not possible to obtain comment from the authorities in Iran or the Houthis on these accusations, but Tehran has previously denied providing military support to the Houthi group.

Yemen is suffering from a constant war between pro-government forces and Houthi militia, who have controlled several provinces, including the capital, Sanaa, since 2014.

Since March 2015, an Arab military coalition, led by the Saudi neighbor, has been supporting pro-Yemeni forces against the Houthis, backed by Iran.

This war caused the worst humanitarian crisis, as 80 percent of the Yemeni population is in need of humanitarian assistance in a country that suffers from almost complete collapse in all its sectors, especially the health sector, in light of the Corona pandemic.

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