Coalition: Iran’s interference in Yemen violates UN resolutions

Colonel Turki al-Maliki during the press conference. (Screen grab)

The  Arab Coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Maliki said on Friday that the Iranian interference in Yemen is a clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

Addressing a press conference, he said that the Iranian-allied Houthi militia is the first militia in the world which possess ballistic missiles.

The spokesperson of the Arab Coalition backing the Yemeni legitimate government emphasized that the coalition’s operations comply with international legal standards.

He said Saudi Arabia called upon all the Yemen parties to start a dialogue in 2014.

Al-Maliki stressed that the Houthi militia “has been a threat to Yemen and neighboring countries,” ever since its coup against the legitimate government.

Colonel al-Maliki said that Iran is seeking through its proxies in Yemen to find a foothold in the Bab al-Mandeb Strait.

He said: “This war was imposed on the Gulf nations and it was not an option” adding that Iran’s “supplying the Houthi militia with missiles and money prolongs the military operations” in Yemen.

The spokesperson said that Iran is interfering in Yemen in the form of supplying missiles, drones and explosive-laden boats.

He said a large number of the Houthi missiles come from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The Colonel said some of the Houthi weapons carry the picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and that these weapons are being smuggled from Beirut’s southern suburb, which is a stronghold of the Lebanese Hezbollah.

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He displayed evidence of the existence of Iranian experts training Houthis in Yemen.

Al-Maliki also displayed evidence of Iranian naval weapons, including mines, cameras and bombs.

In the press conference which was also attended by Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen, Colonel al-Maliki displayed a map showing the ballistic missile field launched by the Houthis toward Saudi Arabia.

He revealed that 85 percent of Yemeni lands have been liberated since the start of the Coalition’s military operations.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53
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