Iran behind rise of Houthis: coalition spokesman

Houthis hold up their weapons as they attend a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on April 10, 2015. (AP)

Tehran is responsible for the rise of the Houthi militants in Yemen, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said on Tuesday adding that the Islamic republic set up and armed the Shiite militias.

Saudi Arabia and the United States have accused Iran of arming the group, prompting the Security Council to adopt a resolution – drafted by the Arab bloc – which placed an arms embargo against the Houthis.

Speaking to reporters in Riyadh, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said that naval ships operating under the coalition have not intercepted attempts to smuggle weapons into the country adding that both the Yemeni coast and airspace remains under their control.

Separately, while the aerial campaign against the Houthis continues to target areas held by the militias, Saudi ground forces have executed operations against the militants near the border without entering Yemen.

The coalition also air-dropped military and medical supplies to local armed groups that have been resisting the Houthi advance into the South.

Additionally, Asiri said that the Malaysian defense minister arrived in Riyadh to discuss the latest development in the military offensive, which comes days after Pakistan’s parliament voted to remain neutral on the conflict in Yemen.

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