Saudi Arabia urges UN action on Iran arms to Houthis

On Aug. 31, an Iranian ZelZal-3 rocket was fired from Yemen into Saudi Arabia’s southern city of Najran. (File photo: AP)

Saudi Arabia has called for the United Nations Security Council to put an end to the smuggling of Iranian weapons to militias in Yemen as it constitutes a violation of Resolution 2216.

In a letter addressed to New Zealand, who takes over the council’s presidency, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United Nations Abdallah al-Mouallimi made clear the number of violations to the resolution including cross-border militia rocket attacks by Houthis and Abdullah Saleh forces.

“On August 31 2016, Houthi rebel militias and their supporters fired a ballistic missile of the type “ZilZal-3” (“Earthquake-3”) at the city of Najran, in the south of Saudi Arabia. Rocket “ZilZal-3” is a short range ballistic missile produced in Iran,” the letter, which Al Arabiya News Channel obtained, read.

Mouallimi also mentioned how the smuggling of weapons did not only pose as a violation to Security Council resolutions but also threatened the stability of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the wider region as a whole.

“We further urge he Security Council to take all necessary measures to demand that Iran complies with all the relevant Security Council resolutions, cease and desist from any illegal actions in Yemen,” Mouallimi added.

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