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UN report proves Iran’s involvement in arming Houthis with ballistic missiles

The jet vane housing from a missile that the US Department of Defense says is a “Qiam” ballistic missile manufactured in Iran. (Reuters)

U.N. experts say Iran violated a U.N. arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to the Houthis in Yemen.

According to excerpts, the 79-page report paints a devastating picture of the Arab world's poorest nation.
"After nearly three years of conflict, Yemen as a state has all but ceased to exist," the report said.

U.N. experts traveled to Saudi Arabia in November and December and examined remnants of missiles fired by the Houthis in those months as well as in May and July.

The report said: "The panel has identified missile remnants related to military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles that are of Iranian origin and were introduced into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo" in 2015.

Referring to the Security Council resolution that imposed the embargo, it said: "As a result, the panel finds that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in non-compliance with paragraph 14 of resolution 2216 in that it failed to take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of missile and unmanned aerial vehicles to the Houthi-Saleh alliance."

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During a Security Council meeting on Dec. 19, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called the Houthis' firing of a ballistic missile earlier that day aimed at a meeting of Saudi leaders in the capital Riyadh but intercepted by the Saudis "a flashing red siren" and said the U.S. would push for action against Iran but Russia signaled its opposition.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that since the coalition's announcement on Dec. 20 that it would open the ports of Hodeida and Salif for a month, "13 vessels have delivered food and much-needed fuel."

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Last Update: Saturday, 13 January 2018 KSA 19:57 - GMT 16:57
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