Evidence of Houthis getting weapons similar to Iran’s

Some of the weapons “have technical characteristics similar to arms manufactured in the Islamic Republic of Iran” said a UN report.
Sunday 02/02/2020
Houthi police forces are pictured on a street in Sana'a, Yemen November 5, 2019. (Reuters)
Houthi police forces are pictured on a street in Sana'a, Yemen November 5, 2019. (Reuters)

LONDON - Yemen’s Houthi rebels are in possession of new weapons similar to those produced in Iran, in violation of a UN arms embargo, a UN report claimed.

Some of the weapons, which the rebels have had since 2019, “have technical characteristics similar to arms manufactured in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said the report, compiled by UN experts monitoring the embargo.

The experts said the main smuggling route for the commercially available drone parts and weapons “seems to run overland from Oman and the southern coast of Yemen, through territory controlled by the government of Yemen, towards Sana’a,” the country’s capital, which is controlled by the Houthis.

The panel didn’t say whether the weapons had been delivered to the Houthis directly by the Iranian government, which has repeatedly denied sending them arms.

“In addition to the previously known weapon systems, they used a new type of Delta-design uncrewed aerial vehicle and a new model of land attack cruise missile,” the document said.

The UN panel also said it identified a “Houthi network involved in the repression of women who oppose the Houthis, including through the use of sexual violence.”

(Agence France-Presse and the Associated Press) 

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