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US calls on Iran to halt weapons transfers to Houthis

On May 14, the United States called on Iran to halt the transfer of an “unprecedented” amount of weapons to Houthis rebel group in Yemen’s. The Houthis, in recent months, have been able to carry out increased and reckless attacks on ships in the Red Sea and elsewhere.

U.S. Deputy Ambassador Robert Wood told the U.N. Security Council that if the Council wants to make progress toward ending the in Yemen, it should collectively “call Iran out for its destabilizing role and insist that it cannot hide behind the Houthis.”

Wood added that there is extensive evidence that Iran continues to provide advanced weapons, including ballistic and cruise missiles, to the Houthis in violation of sanctions.

“To underscore the council’s concern regarding the ongoing violations of the arms embargo, we must do more to strengthen enforcement and deter sanctions violators,” Wood said.

The Houthis claim that their attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden are aimed at pressuring Israel to end its war on Gaza, which has now killed more than 35,000 Palestinians there.

Since last November, the Houthis have launched more than 50 attacks on shipping, seized one vessel and sunk another, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration.

The Houthi attacks have dropped in recent weeks, however there are still threats to shipping as the Houthis declared that they will not halt their attacks until Israel halts their attack on Palestinians.

Since 2014, more than 150,000 people have been killed in Yemen by the violence and 3 million have been displaced

Source: WCYS with agencies.
Image: Houthi movement showcasing its weapons (Archival) (Source: CTECH)

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