Tehran refutes Arab countries' accusations of supplying missiles to Yemen's Houthis

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Iran rejects the Arab League's accusations that Tehran was supplying the Yemeni Houthi movement with ballistic missiles as "false," Ali-Asghar Khaji, a senior assistant for special political affairs to the Iranian foreign minister, told Sputnik.


"These accusations are false. We have always said that there has been no support [for Houthis] with weapons. The only support coming from Iran to Houthis, who are part of the Yemeni people, and who have been under pressure and subject to terrible military attacks, is political and moral support", Khaji said, commenting on the communique.

On Wednesday, a Houthi missile struck a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia, wounding 26 people. Saudi Arabia accused Iran of being behind the attack, while Bahrain called for a firm international stand against Tehran to prevent it from supporting terrorist acts.

At a May summit in Mecca, the Arab League issued a communique condemning the "continued firing of Iranian-made ballistic missiles" on Saudi Arabia by the Houthis and urging the international community to take a strong stand against Tehran and what it considered Iran's "destabilising activities in the region." 

Yemen has been locked in a conflict between government forces, led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, and the Houthi rebels. A Saudi-led coalition has been conducting strikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request since March 2015.

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Tehran refutes Arab countries' accusations of supplying missiles to Yemen's Houthis

2019/06/1075078644-1560427467.jpg
Read: 564     16:48     13 June 2019    

Iran rejects the Arab League's accusations that Tehran was supplying the Yemeni Houthi movement with ballistic missiles as "false," Ali-Asghar Khaji, a senior assistant for special political affairs to the Iranian foreign minister, told Sputnik.


"These accusations are false. We have always said that there has been no support [for Houthis] with weapons. The only support coming from Iran to Houthis, who are part of the Yemeni people, and who have been under pressure and subject to terrible military attacks, is political and moral support", Khaji said, commenting on the communique.

On Wednesday, a Houthi missile struck a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia, wounding 26 people. Saudi Arabia accused Iran of being behind the attack, while Bahrain called for a firm international stand against Tehran to prevent it from supporting terrorist acts.

At a May summit in Mecca, the Arab League issued a communique condemning the "continued firing of Iranian-made ballistic missiles" on Saudi Arabia by the Houthis and urging the international community to take a strong stand against Tehran and what it considered Iran's "destabilising activities in the region." 

Yemen has been locked in a conflict between government forces, led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, and the Houthi rebels. A Saudi-led coalition has been conducting strikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request since March 2015.

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