Iranian Foreign Ministry: Houthi rebels fight in Yemen with Saudi and Tehran weapons and Tehran do not support them against the government

Iranian Foreign Ministry: Houthi rebels fight in Yemen with Saudi and Tehran weapons and Tehran  do not support them against the government


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country does not support Al-Houthi group in Yemen, saying they are fighting with the Saudi weapon, which was granted to former President Ali Abdallah Saleh.

"Iran does not support the Houthis militarily against the Yemeni government and President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi," Zarif said in remarks to the Russian "Sputnik" agency.

He noted that America's accusation to Iran of its support for the Houthis to "cover up" its presence in the region and the war crimes it committed and noted that Iran only supports the group politically.

The remarks of Zarif, the day after the Wall Street Journal revealed the contents of the Iranian threats launched by the Revolutionary Guards last week, to close the Strait of Hormuz in response to the new US sanctions.

“Iranian threats include coordinated attacks in Bab al-Mandab strait, southwest Yemen, and attacking US interests in the Gulf with drones” the newspaper said.

Tehran has threatened to carry out the attacks through pro-armed groups, which are likely to be the tool Iran will use to attack US forces for the latter's proximity to Bab al-Mandeb and have estimated its planes to reach potential targets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the paper said.

Yemen has been witnessing an ongoing war for nearly five years, according to international reports, proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, through the use of al-Houthi militias to threaten the kingdom, while political analysts have linked the recent Houthi escalation in central Yemen to the US action on Tehran, which is trying, as they say, easing pressures by threatening U.S. and Saudi interests in Yemen, and escalating into the Red Sea World trade lines, which the Houthis have threatened to target on several occasions.


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