The ships of the US Fifth Fleet confiscated nearly 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and 226,600 rounds of ammunition from a fishing boat in the northern Arabian Sea, on December 20.
A US Navy statement said, on Wednesday evening, that US Navy coastal patrol ships found the weapons during a search conducted by US Coast Guard personnel. The illegal weapons and ammunition were subsequently transferred for examination.
The statement indicated that the initial assessment indicates that the boat originated in Iran and crossed international waters along a route historically used to smuggle weapons illegally to the Houthis in Yemen.
The statement indicated that the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of weapons to the Houthis violates United Nations Security Council resolutions and US sanctions.
According to the statement, the five-member crew of the boat identified themselves as Yemeni.
On the fifth of this month, US officials said, that a US Navy warship in the northern Arabian Sea had seized a large shipment of weapons on a boat containing Iranian missile parts that were on their way to the Houthi militias in Yemen.
Commenting on this, Yemeni Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani considered the US Navy’s announcement of the seizure of a new Iranian weapons shipment that was on its way to the Houthi terrorist militia, as a “blatant Iranian challenge to the will of the international community.”
Al-Eryani stressed, in a statement, that the Iranian regime’s continued smuggling of weapons to the Houthi militia is an extension of its continuous aggression against Yemen since the moment of the coup, and it has continued to implement its destructive agenda and its expansionist project in the region.
He pointed out that the Iranian regime played a major role in undermining efforts to calm down and bring peace to Yemen, and pushed its Houthi tools to escalate the pace of war on the Ma’rib fronts, and the continued bloodshed and human suffering of Yemenis, as part of its policies to spread chaos and terrorism, destabilize security and stability in the region and threaten international interests.
The Yemeni Minister of Information called on the international community and the permanent members of the Security Council to carry out their responsibilities and pressure the Tehran regime to stop arms smuggling to the Houthis, which constitutes a violation of the principles of the United Nations Charter and international resolutions related to the Yemeni crisis, especially Resolution 2216, and work to classify the militia as a terrorist group.