UN Experts: Yemen’s Rebels Getting Weapons Similar to Iran’s

January 31, 2020


Edith Lederer


Associated Press

Related Country: 

  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen

According to a new U.N. report, Houthi rebels in Yemen are receiving parts for drones and weapons that may have been manufactured in Iran, suggesting potential violations of a U.N. arms embargo. In addition to maritime transport, the main smuggling routes run overland from Oman and southern Yemen toward Sanaa. The report deemed it unlikely that Houthis carried out the September 2019 attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities based on the range of the systems used. These systems were unlikely developed in Yemen, implying that they were imported in violation of the embargo. One batch of seized parts was traced from a Hong Kong company to Oman, and another was traced from Japan to the United Arab Emirates.