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Iran footprint on Yemen's Houthi weapons

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Filed on February 2, 2020 | Last updated on February 2, 2020 at 05.09 am
iran, houthi, weapons

(Reuters)

The crisis in Yemen pits the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels against government forces supported by a Saudi-led military coalition.

Yemen's Houthi rebels are in possession of new weapons similar to those produced in Iran, according to a UN report obtained by AFP on Friday, in potential violation of a UN arms embargo.

The crisis in Yemen pits the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels against government forces supported by a Saudi-led military coalition.

Some of the new weapons, which the rebels have possessed since 2019, "have technical characteristics similar to arms manufactured in the Islamic Republic of Iran", said the report, which was compiled by a panel of UN experts tasked with monitoring the embargo.

The panel didn't say whether the weapons were 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.

 


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