Iran Violated Yemen Arms Embargo, UN Experts Say

Houthi launch missile towards Saudi Special Forces base

Houthi launch missile towards Saudi Special Forces base

"In a blatant violation of global law, the Iranian-Houthi militia on Saturday attempted an attack by three remote-controlled drone boats, targeting a Saudi oil tanker and threatening to disrupt navigation in Bab El-Mandeb strait", Colonel Turki Al-Maliki.

Already one of the Arab world's poorest countries, Yemen has been brought to its knees since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 in support of the government.

The Red Sea is a key shipping route for world trade that connects the Middle East to Europe via the Suez Canal.

There was no immediate comment from Iran on the United Nations report, which was prepared by experts for a Council panel responsible for monitoring compliance with the arms embargo.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a marketplace and house in northern Yemen have left at least 14 people dead, witnesses and said Thursday.

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"There is no doubt that Hodeidah Port has now become a starting point for terrorist operations to threaten the maritime navigation in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab strait", Maliki said.

Saudi Arabia has since then fought on the side of the Hadi government.

Despite the coalition's superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of north Yemen.

More than 10,000 civilians have been killed in fighting and airstrikes; more than 7 million are on the brink of starvation and over 19 million don't know where their next meal is coming from; medical infrastructure has collapsed; and a cholera outbreak has affected 1 million people.

Tribesmen loyal to the Houthi movement hold their weapons as they attend a gathering to mark 1000 days of the Saudi-led military intervention in the Yemeni conflict, in Sanaa, Yemen December 21, 2017.

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