Iran reprimanded by US for aiding Houthis

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Thursday, 09 April 2015 12:07

Iran has been warned by the US Secretary of State John Kerry for its alleged support for Houthis rebellion against the legitimate regime of Hadi in Yemen.

He cautioned that Iran is trying to destablize the region and its interference in any state of the Middle-East will be dealt with a harsh hand.

Meanwhile, the US is engaged in aiding Saudi-led coalition seeking to restore President Abd rabbuh Mansour Hadi regime by curbing the rebels.

On the other hand, Iran has outrightly denied all accusations put forth by US for providing military aid to the Houthis.

In the advent, it has been learnt that Iran has despatched two navy vessels to the Gulf of Aden, off the southern coast of Yemen, on Wednesday.

Speaking to PBS Newshour on Wednesday, Mr Kerry said it was clear Iran was aiding the Houthis: "There are obviously supplies that have been coming from Iran. There are a number of flights every single week that have been flying in."


Kerry said, "Iran needs to recognise that the US is not going to stand by while the region is destabilised or while people engage in overt warfare across lines, international boundaries and other countries."

Fighting has intensified in the city of Aden between the Houthis and militiamen loyal to President Hadi.

Meanwhile, warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition have continued to bomb rebel targets across the country.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has proposed a four-step solution to ending the crisis, involving a ceasefire, delivery of humanitarian assistance, a national dialogue and the formation of a broad-based government.

"The people of Yemen should not have to face aerial bombardment," he said while visiting Pakistan, which is currently debating whether to join the Saudi-led operation.

At least 22 people were reportedly killed on Wednesday by shelling in two residential districts in Aden.

After days of street fighting, conditions for civilians have been described as catastrophic by aid groups.

On Wednesday, boats carrying aid managed to arrive in Aden for the first time since the air campaign began on 25 March.

A ship carrying 1.7 tonnes of medical aid for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and another International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) boat carrying medical supplies and staff, docked at the port city.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that at least 560 people, including 76 children, were killed in Yemen between 19 March and 4 April. Another 1,700 people were wounded and 100,000 fled their homes.

A better understanding of Yemen:

Houthis - The Zaidi Shafai Muslim rebels from the north overran Sanaa last year and then expanded their control. They want to replace Mr Hadi, whose government they say is corrupt. The US alleges Iran is providing military assistance to the rebels.

Ali Abdullah Saleh - Military units loyal to the former president - forced to hand over power in 2011 after mass protests - are fighting alongside the Houthis. (Saudi Ally)

Abd rabbuh Mansour Hadi - The president fled abroad in March as the rebels advanced on Aden, where he had taken refuge in February. Loyal soldiers, Sunni Muslim tribesmen and Southern separatists have formed militia to fight the rebels. (Saudi Ally)

Saudi-led coalition - A US-backed coalition of nine, mostly Sunni Arab states says it is seeking to defend the regime of Mr Hadi.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - AQAP opposes both the Houthis and President Hadi. A rival affiliate of Islamic State has also recently emerged. 

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