Yemeni Official: Iran's Arming of Houthis Intensified during Suspension of Hodeidah Operation

Yemeni Official: Iran's Arming of Houthis Intensified during Suspension of Hodeidah Operation

Tuesday, 28 August, 2018 - 13:00
A view of the Red Sea port of Hodeida, Yemen November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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A local Yemeni official said that Iran had doubled its supply of arms to Houthi militias in Yemen during the suspension of the military operation to liberate Hodeidah. He also revealed that several militia leaders have escaped the city following strikes launched by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, the governor of Hodeidah, Dr. Hassan Al-Tahir, said that Iran had supplied weapons to the Houthis during the past period, through large boats, taking advantage of the period during which the national army stopped its march towards the city center.

He added that the militias have brought in a large amount of weapons across the sea, or through mercenaries from African countries, exploiting their poor financial situation.

On the political consultations to be held under the auspices of the UN in Geneva next month, he said that these consultations should result in the departure of the militias from Hodeidah and its port.

He stressed that the legitimate government had no choice but to confront the Houthis militarily to force them out of the city, noting that the army was ready for the military operation to resume.

Tahir said he did not have high hopes in the role of the UN to resolve the crisis, but noted that it was now “necessary to implement the its resolutions… and to end the suffering of citizens.”

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