Formation of new Houthi government does not help Yemen - UN envoy

02 December, 2016, 02:38 | Author: Bridget Leonard
  • Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi

"The parties must hold Yemen's national interests above narrow partisan ambitions and take immediate steps to end political divisions and address the country's security, humanitarian and economic challenges", he said.

Although their findings were "relatively limited", the investigators said their analysis "suggests the existence of a weapon pipeline extending from Iran to Somalia and Yemen".

The U.S. has said that five shipments of weapons being moved from Iran to Yemen were intercepted.

Two of the boats were made by Iranian shipbuilder Al Mansoor, whose yard is next to an Iranian Revolutionary Guards compound.

UAE forces within the Saudi-led coalition reported recovering in Yemen a Kornet which vehicle said is part of "the same production run" as those on the dhow.


Saudi Arabia, which leads a coalition of several Gulf states, started an invasion in March 2015 and has sustained the campaign so far at the cost of thousands of Yemeni lives to restore power to Yemen's former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a steadfast Riyadh ally, who had resigned and fled to the Saudi capital in 2014.

Auto obtained photographs of the weapons and their serial numbers found on two of the vessels, known as dhows, boarded by the crews from the Darwin and the Provence. The report, published by Conflict Armament Research, or vehicle, draws on markings found on rifles, rocket launchers, anti-tank guided missiles and munitions, providing some of the more concrete evidence to date of Iran's logistical support to Houthis fighting in Yemen's almost two-year-old civil war. The former Minister of Ports, Maritime Transport and Counter Piracy in the semi-autonomous Somali region of Puntland, Abdallah Jama Sallah, said it was nearly impossible to prevent such smuggling. "There's no way of verifying them", he said. The French seizure included more than 2,000 assault rifles, 64 new Hoshdar-M Iranian-made sniper rifles and nine Russian-made anti-tank missiles.

Australian, French, and USA warships have seized some 4,500 weapons while raiding three traditional Middle Eastern boats, so-called dhows, in February and March of this year.

The western ships found light machine guns, suspected to be of North Korean origin, in two of the three dhows.

This involves "significant quantities of Iranian-manufactured weapons and weapons that plausibly derive from Iranian stockpiles", they said.

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