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Yemeni Army Spokesman to Asharq Al-Awsat: Iranians Continue Smuggling Arms to Support Houthis

Yemeni Army Spokesman to Asharq Al-Awsat: Iranians Continue Smuggling Arms to Support Houthis

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 - 08:30
The Iran-backed Houthis committed 389 violations that led to the death of 70 civilians across Yemen last month. (Reuters/File photo)
Riyadh - Abdulhadi Habtoor

Yemeni Army spokesman Brigadier General Abdo Majli told Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday that the Iranian regime is still involved in the smuggling of arms and missiles to the Houthi militias in Yemen. He said the smuggling operation happens through the Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa ports, on the Red Sea coasts.


“We are talking about an open area. The arms are smuggled in boats crossing the international waters to the Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen,” Majli said.


The General explained that weapons are sometimes transformed in spare parts, which are then gathered by Iranian experts in Sanaa or in Saadah.


At the battlefield, Majli called on the International Committee of the Red Cross to remove the bodies of hundreds of Houthi militias laid at the Nahm and Jawf fronts, after being left by the group when the National Army confronted their infiltration attempts in the area few weeks ago.


“The victories of the National Army continue in the Jawf governorate, where we control large territories,” he said.


Yemeni army commanders said Houthis suffered heavy losses over the last couple of weeks during fighting in Yemen’s main battlefields of Sanaa, Marib, Jawf and Taiz as government forces announced the death and injury of hundreds of Houthis since early last month. 


“More than 80 percent of the Jawf governorate is now captured by the legitimacy,” Majli said, adding that the army controls several highlands, particularly the Black Mountains.


In a related development, the National Army, backed by Coalition helicopters and tanks, launched a wide attack on Houthi militia positions in Maran, in the governorate of Saada.


“The attack left several Houthi deaths and injuries at the frontiers of the Akim mountain, which overlooks the Mastaba and Marawi mountains,” Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Ajabi, commander of the 3rd Commando Brigade told the Saba news agency on Monday.


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