UN experts say Iran fuel is financing Yemen rebels' war

The experts painted a grim picture of a "deeply fractured" country sliding toward "humanitarian and economic catastrophe."
Saturday 19/01/2019
Houthi Shia fighters stand guard during a rally to mark the third anniversary of the Houthis' takeover of the Yemeni capital, in Sana'a, Yemen, on September 21, 2017. (AP)
Houthi Shia fighters stand guard during a rally to mark the third anniversary of the Houthis' takeover of the Yemeni capital, in Sana'a, Yemen, on September 21, 2017. (AP)

UNITED NATIONS - UN experts say fuel is being shipped illegally from Iran to their Houthi Shia proxy-rebels in Yemen to finance their war against the government.

In a report to the Security Council seen by AP on Friday, the experts painted a grim picture of a "deeply fractured" country sliding toward "humanitarian and economic catastrophe" with no sign of victory by either side.

The experts said the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government made "significant progress" against the Houthis in 2018 — but their aim of restoring government authority throughout the country "is far from being realised."

At the same time, the experts said "the Houthi leadership has continued to consolidate its hold over government and non-government institutions."

(With AP)