Iran’s Defense Minister Admits of Backing Houthi Militia in Yemen
Amir Hatami, Iran’s defense minister, stated that his country has been backing the Houthis in Yemen. However, he asserted that the support was restricted to the “moral side”; whereas Iranian officials emphasized that such backing included furnishing ammunitions, sending missiles, money, as well as professionals.
Speaking during a meeting for the Basij (volunteer forces) militia leaders who have links with the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Hatami stated that Iran’s support for the Houthis in Yemen is righteous one. His statement comes at a point when the US State Department came up with new proof of Iranian military providing support to the Houthis in Yemen.
The Acting Commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Hossein Salami, also acknowledged to have backed the Houthis in Tehran and Iran offering all kinds of support to the Houthis. He states that this comes within the groundwork of unity and brotherhood.
Since January 2016, the former Iranian police chief, Major General Ismail Ahmadi Muqaddam, has been recruited as the head of the Houthi Support Committee. In favor of the Houthi rebels, this committee has been intervening in Yemen.
In May, the US Treasury Department implemented sanctions on five Iranian Revolutionary Guard professionals for their role in ferrying missiles and weapons to the Houthi militias in Yemen.
In 2017, Taib, the head of Ammarioun, and a lobbyist who is close to Iran’s greatest leader Ali Khamenei, acknowledged that Iran’s backing of the Houthi’s was directed at attacking Saudi Arabia. Mehdi emphasized that the Revolutionary Guard along with the help of the Iranian navy supplied the missiles to Houthi rebels.
Iran has furnished the Houthis with dozens of short and long-range missiles to hit the targets in Saudi Arabia. Iranian media also admitted that the Iran is catering the Houthi militias with rockets.
Iran officially acknowledged their support of the Houthis through technically and logistically on 24th May, 2015.