The U.S. Navy said Tuesday that it intercepted a shipment of assault rifles to Yemen, believed to have come from Iran, last week.
A statement from the U.S. Fifth Fleet said 2,116 AK-47 assault rifles were deployed in the Gulf of Oman to Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen “a route historically used to transport illicit cargo”. was found on a fishing boat crossing the
The US military intercepted two other fishing boats carrying weapons from Iran to Yemen in the same waters in the past two months, the statement said.
“This shipment is part of an ongoing pattern of destabilizing activity from Iran,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of the U.S. Navy Central Command, U.S. Fifth Fleet and Combined Naval Forces. Stated. “These threats have come to our attention. We remain vigilant to detect maritime activity that impedes freedom of navigation or threatens regional security.”
Iran has repeatedly denied arming the Houthis, but independent and UN experts are tracking parts from the seized cargo back to Iran.
Yemen plunged into conflict in late 2014 when the Houthis took over the capital. Fighting escalated in early 2015 with the entry of a Saudi-led coalition fighting on the side of the Yemeni government-in-exile.
A six-month ceasefire expired in October, and years of fighting have left millions in Yemen in need of humanitarian assistance.
Some information in this report has been provided by AP.
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