U.N. experts probe Iran-linked arms ship in Yemen

U.N. experts in Yemen investigated an Iran-linked arms shipment which authorities intercepted in January. The inspected contents were surface-to-air missiles, Katyusha rockets, explosives, ammunition and surveillance systems. (Reuters)

U.N. experts in Yemen on Sunday investigated an Iran-linked arms shipment which authorities intercepted in January, the official Saba news agency reported.

The U.N. team, escorted by army general Nasser al-Taheri, inspected the contents of the ship which Saba said includes surface-to-air missiles, Katyusha rockets, explosives, ammunition and surveillance systems.

The Yemeni coastguard, in coordination with the U.S. navy, intercepted the Jihan II in the Arabia Sea and authorities have said the ship carried rockets and explosives that came from Iran. Tehran denies any involvement.

Earlier this month the U.N. envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, said the Sanaa government had asked the U.N.’s sanctions committee to investigate the contents of the ship and determine where it originated from and who it was destined for.

A 2007 U.N. resolution bans Iran from exporting arms.

A Yemeni security source has said the arms were destined for Shiite rebels who control the northern Saada province.

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