US military official: Iran continues to arm Houthi militias

Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander, US Naval Forces Central Command. (Reuters)

A senior US military official revealed the Iranian violations of international resolutions, which prohibit the arming of the Houthi militia in Yemen.

Commander of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet in the Gulf, Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan, said in his last statement before his term of office ended, that the Fifth Fleet stationed off the Arabian Peninsula was helping block the gaps that allowed the militias to carry out their naval attacks after the coup.

He also referred to Iran's smuggling of sophisticated military arms that enable the Houthis to launch ballistic missiles to further ranges.

The American Admiral also revealed that the types of weapons that Iran succeeded in smuggling to Yemen are the first of its kind since the date of the militia coup; anti-ship and ballistic missiles, deadly sea mines and even explosive boats.

Iran continues to smuggle into Yemen despite the international embargo making it a constant threat to the security of the region, especially international marine traffic, he added.

Admiral Donegan who is preparing to take on his new duties at the Pentagon denied any possible effects of the Qatari crisis with the four countries on the course of military operations to combat Iran's terrorist armed militias in the Gulf.

Earlier independent reports had confirmed, at the end of last year, Iran's involvement in documented operations to arm the Houthis via a pipeline through Somalia.

The coalition forces seized at the time a number of boats loaded with Iranian-made weapons.

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