Ye­men’s Huthi rebels in pos­ses­sion of new arms, says lat­est UN report

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

United Na­tions - Ye­men’s Huthi rebels are in pos­ses­sion of new weapons sim­i­lar to those pro­duced in Iran, ac­cord­ing to a UN report ob­tained by AFP on Fri­day, in po­ten­tial vi­o­la­tion of a UN arms em­bargo.

The cri­sis in Ye­men pits the Ira­nian-backed Huthi rebels against gov­ern­ment forces sup­ported by a Saudi-led mil­i­tary coali­tion.

Some of the new weapons, which the rebels have pos­sessed since 2019, ‘have tech­ni­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics sim­i­lar to arms man­u­fac­tured in the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran’, said the report, which was com­piled by a panel of UN ex­perts tasked with mon­i­tor­ing the em­bargo.

The panel didn’t say whether the weapons were de­liv­ered to the Huthis di­rectly by the Ira­nian gov­ern­ment, which has re­peat­edly de­nied send­ing them arms.

‘In ad­di­tion to the pre­vi­ously known weapon sys­tems, they used a new type of Delta-de­sign un­crewed aerial ve­hi­cle and a new model of land at­tack cruise mis­sile,’ the doc­u­ment said.

The weapons, as well as com­mer­cially avail­able parts con­sti­tut­ing some of the weapons, po­ten­tially vi­o­lated the em­bargo, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment.

The ex­perts separately added that the Huthi rebels’ claim that they car­ried out the at­tacks against two key Saudi oil in­stal

Fight­ers loyal to Ye­men’s Huthi rebels stand guard as people gather for a pro-Pales­tinian rally against a US-bro­kered pro­posal for a set­tle­ment of the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian Mid­dle East con­flict, in Sanaa on Fri­day

la­tions on Septem­ber 14 was ‘un­likely’. Sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States, have ruled out the Huthis' abil­ity to con­duct such an at­tack, and in­stead ac­cused Iran, which has de­nied in­volve­ment.

The panel ad­di­tion­ally said that it had iden­ti­fied a ‘Huthi net­work in­volved in the re­pres­sion of women who op­pose the Huthis, in­clud­ing through the use

of sex­ual vi­o­lence’.

‘Vi­o­la­tions of in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law and in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights law con­tin­ued to be widely com­mit­ted by all par­ties in Ye­men with im­punity’, the report said.

The war in Ye­men has claimed tens of thou­sands of lives, most of them civil­ians, ac­cord­ing to non-gov­ern­men­tal groups.

In ad­di­tion to the known weapon sys­tems, they used a new type of Delta-de­sign un­crewed aerial ve­hi­cle

(AFP)

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