Iran rejects allegations of arms smuggling to Yemen by way of Somalia
The Republic of Iran has dismissed allegations of arms smuggling to Yemen, a rustic that has struggled with instability for 12 years, by means of the Federal Republic of Somalia, one other nation within the Horn of the Africa battling inside struggles.
TEHRAN – Foreign Department spokesman Nasser Kanaani referred to as the allegations “propaganda” as he vehemently denied that Tehran labored intently with the Houthi rebels.
It is claimed that the rebels acquire weapons from the Iranian poet of Bandar Abbas and gather them in Hodeidah.
Speaking to reporters on August 15, Kanaan referred to as the claims “baseless and repetitive stage play” by the “invading coalition and their Western supporters”, in keeping with Iran’s Ministry of Affairs web site. international.
The spokesman accused Western international locations of interfering in Yemen’s affairs whereas condemning the killing of harmless folks within the nation. He instructed that the allegations made have been supposed to divert public consideration from the realities of the disaster in Yemen.
“Iran’s support for the Yemeni people was political from the very beginning of the crisis and Iran has always supported the peace process in Yemen as well as the efforts of the United Nations to peacefully end this devastating war and maintain truce in Yemen,” he added.
Recently, Saudi media Al Arabiya printed a video through which Houthi rebels have been seen smuggling weapons by means of Somalia to the troubled nation. The rebels are preventing to overthrow the federal government which is backed by the West and Saudi Arabia.
The smuggler claimed that weapons have been transported to the Gulf of Oman the place they have been obtained by the group, then taken to the port city of Berbera in North Western of Somaliaand loaded onto one other boat.
In a January 2022 report, the UN panel of consultants stated there was proof that two arms shipments intercepted by US forces got here from the Iranian port of Jask.
The report factors to a mixture of weapons seized and a “widespread provide sample probably [Iranian] authorities shares, involving dhows within the Arabian Sea, which transport weapons to Yemen and Somalia”.