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United States helps Saudi Arabia in accusing Iran of supplying weapons to Yemen Houthi rebels

CAIRO — The US on Wednesday joined Saudi Arabia in accusing Iran of supplying Yemen’s Houthi rebels with superior weapons together with a ballistic missile that struck the Saudi capital final week.

The White Home assertion says the U.S. condemns the Iranian authorities’s actions and stands with Saudi Arabia and different Persian Gulf companions in opposition to Iran’s aggression and “blatant” violations of worldwide regulation.

It says missile methods weren’t current in Yemen earlier than the civil conflict there, alleging that Iran offered them. The assertion additionally urges the United Nations to evaluate proof that Iran is perpetuating the conflict in Yemen to additional its regional ambitions.

The remarks got here sooner or later after Saudi Arabia’s crown prince stated ballistic missile fired on the kingdom by Yemeni rebels was a “direct navy aggression by the Iranian regime.”

In response to the Houthis’ missile assault, a Saudi-led coalition introduced it has closed all ports in Yemen as of Monday, sparking U.N. issues as all humanitarian flights have additionally been grounded, with vehicles caught at crossings and ships carrying primary requirements like gasoline, wheat and different meals have been ordered to go away.

The U.N. warned that the shut-down of the ports may exacerbate the already troublesome humanitarian disaster, because the conflict has already introduced the nation to the brink of famine.

A Saudi-led navy coalition has been at conflict with the Iranian-backed Houthis for greater than two years. The Houthis management northern Yemen whereas the internationally acknowledged authorities of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s grip over the southern area has been weakened. Hadi is backed by the Saudi-led coalition.

Officers together with a prime navy commander near Hadi informed The Related Press that oil-rich Saudi Arabia has prevented Hadi, his sons, officers and ministers from returning to Yemen. The ban was prompted by the bitter enmity between Hadi and the United Arab Emirates, they stated, talking on situation of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic.

The Yemeni presidency on Wednesday issued a press release denying that, saying the studies are “lies.”

Quoting an unnamed official, the assertion stated the studies are a “systematic marketing campaign focusing on Saudi Arabia which leads a battle to cease the Iranian interference in Yemen and the area.” The Saudis and the UAE are the principle pillars of the coalition.

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