Kuwait de­nies Iran mis­us­ing its wa­ters to sup­ply Houthis

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KUWAIT: Kuwait yes­ter­day de­nied a Reuters re­port that Iran was us­ing the state’s wa­ters to smug­gle weapons and equip­ment to Houthi forces in Ye­men. “The State of Kuwait re­futes news by the Reuters news agency re­gard­ing Iran’s ex­ploita­tion of Kuwaiti wa­ters to de­liver arms and mil­i­tary as­sis­tance to the Houthis in Ye­men,” a for­eign min­istry state­ment said. A source at the min­istry said that the coun­try’s wa­ters are un­der the to­tal con­trol of the Kuwaiti navy and coast­guard, adding that there were no re­ports of sus­pi­cious ma­rine move­ments or ac­tiv­i­ties.

The min­istry urged in­ter­na­tional me­dia to in­ves­ti­gate such mat­ters “more thor­oughly”. On Tues­day, Reuters cited sources fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter as say­ing that Iran’s Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards had be­gun us­ing a new route across the Gulf to fun­nel covert arms ship­ments to their Houthi al­lies in Ye­men’s civil war. For the last six months, Western and Ira­nian sources say the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards Corps (IRGC) has be­gun us­ing wa­ters fur­ther up the Gulf between Kuwait and Iran as it looks for new ways to beat

an em­bargo on arms ship­ments to the Houthi move­ment. Us­ing this new route, Ira­nian ships were trans­fer­ring equip­ment to smaller ves­sels at the north­ern end of the Gulf, where they face less scru­tiny. The trans­ship­ments take place in Kuwaiti wa­ters and in nearby in­ter­na­tional ship­ping lanes, the sources said. Ye­men is more than two years into a civil war pit­ting the Iran-aligned Houthis against the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Ab­dRabbu Man­sour Hadi, which is backed by a Saudi-led coali­tion. — Agen­cies

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