ABU DHABI / WAM
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and the UAE Armed Forces on Tuesday presented evidence showcasing a wide range of military weapons and equipment acquired by the Arab Coalition during operations in Yemen on behalf of the legitimate Yemeni Government. The captured weapons, each of which bore distinctive links to Iran, provided physical evidence of Iranian support for the Houthi militias fighting in Yemen, and had been verified by relevant UN organisations and agencies.
A UAE MoFAIC representative revealed that the Arab Coalition had been succeeding in dismantling over 30,000 landmines since the beginning of operations in Yemen. He noted that the UN bodies concerned with supervising implementation of ‘UNSC Resolutions 2216 and 2231’ had recently completed detailed monitoring reports and assessments, which detailed Iran’s complicity in providing Houthi militias with weapons, in direct contravention of UN resolutions.
The UAE confirmed that the Arab Coalition forces had followed all international procedures and standards governing the seizure, transfer and storage of confiscated weapons and equipment. Numerous international experts, including those from the United Nations and United States, had confirmed that the captured weapons could only have come from Iran. This finding has been re-affirmed by relevant institutes and independent bodies.
Weaponry seized by the Arab Coalition include the Ababil Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV), anti-tank missiles, rockets, drones, scud missile fuel tanks, and improvised landmines, the representative explained, adding that the use of the Persian language on seized weapons and components, as well as systems consistent with documented weapons used by Iran’s proxies in Iraq, Syria and other countries, prove beyond any doubt Iran’s involvement in providing weaponry to the Houthis.