Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen reportedly show Iran aid

Trump adviser Bolton urged attack on Iran, ex-Israel defense chief says British ministers fear further rift with US over Iran deal after Donald Trump appoints hardline advisers
Pete Mitchell | 30 March, 2018, 00:24

The Shi'ite Houthis, who control northern Yemen, deny close ties to Iran, and have insisted in the past that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia are part of Yemen's pre-war stockpile, and retaliation for Saudi airstrikes.

"On the other hand, by making such claims, Saudi Arabia seeks to cover up its failures in Yemen", he noted.

Newly-installed US National Security Advisor John Bolton encouraged Israel to attack Iran when the latter served as US ambassador to the United Nations, former IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz said Sunday.

In Paris, the group's spokesman Shahin Ghobadi said in response to the Iranian official's statement that "the notion that the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran has funded ambassador Bolton or any other American officials is simply a lie and is a mere joke."In a speech at an opposition group event near Paris in July, Bolton expressed hope that Iran's government would be toppled "by 2019".

The Saudi-led coalition revealed on Monday "evidence" of the Iranian role in trafficking weapons to Yemen.

The Islamic Republic wants Saudi Arabia to immediately join a peace process in Yemen and stop actions that have failed to bring peace to Yemen, Khoshrou said.

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations has rejected baseless Saudi allegations of Tehran sending missiles to Yemen, urging the regime in Riyadh to stop "warmongering" and engage, instead, in dialog with its neighbor.

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Khoshrou also expressed dismay at the sale of USA weapons to Saudi Arabia, calling on the Muslin world and the global community to pressure Saudi Arabia to stop killings in Yemen.

"With adventurism and inexperience, the Saudis have helped inflict cholera on millions of Yemeni people and targeted children and civilians in the course of their bombardments", he said.

"This follows Iran's pattern of providing advanced weapons to the Houthis", spokeswoman Lieutenant Commander Rebecca Rebarich said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015.

The group further reported that drones used by the Houthi rebels to crash into Patriot missile batteries in Saudi Arabia share "near-identical design and construction characteristics" of Iranian drones.

About 10,000 Yemenis have been killed and 53,000 wounded since the start of the coalition intervention in Yemen.

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