Yemeni FM: Hezbollah’s interference in conflict will not be tolerated

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Updated 20 July 2018
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Yemeni FM: Hezbollah’s interference in conflict will not be tolerated

LONDON: Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Yamani revealed that his government was still waiting for Lebanon’s response to its complaint about Hezbollah’s involvement in the Yemeni conflict.
Al-Yamani told Asharq Al-Awsat that “Yemen will talk to any country whose nationals are involved in the conflict.”
The Yemeni foreign minister had previously sent a complaint to his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil over Hezbollah’s interference in Yemen and described the Iran-backed party’s actions as a violation of joint Arab treaties.
“Lebanon will not allow itself to be hijacked by militias that claim to be part of the Lebanese system whilst they are commanded by the Wilayet Al-Faqih,” stated the minister.
“The secretary general of Hezbollah openly declared that he is a Khamenei soldier and that he is ready if confronted by war,” he continued. “Such statements do not make him part of the Lebanese national defense concept, but Iran’s idea of defense.”
Al-Yamani also revealed that his government is preparing to send a similar complaint to Iraq about intervention and recent statements made by extremist Shiite militias.
The Iran-backed Houthi militias are seeking to preserve their presence in Yemen and follow the example of Hezbollah, which is present alongside the political system in Lebanon, Al-Yamani noted.
Al-Yamani continued by saying that the Hezbollah has been obstructing political and social life in Lebanon, and that “the Yemeni government will not accept this. Any sovereign country that respects the rule of law will not accept the existence of militias like Hezbollah, which manages political life and imposes vetoes by force of its arms.”
When asked about the presence of Iranian experts in Yemen, Al-Yamani said that claims are difficult to verify, but that several Hezbollah members are part of the Houthi hierarchy.
“The militias would definitely not have had the ability to wage battles had they not received sufficient training by Hezbollah,” he added, revealing that the first thing that the militias did when they seized Sanaa was to release six Iranians from state prison.


Hamas unveils Iran-funded homes for former Israel prisoners

Updated 17 January 2019
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Hamas unveils Iran-funded homes for former Israel prisoners

  • Hamas officials say the program is a first of its kind to be funded by Iran
  • The prisoners ministry says the project will give away 26 apartments in a new building to 125 former prisoners

GAZA CITY: Hamas said Thursday it had allocated new homes funded by Iran in Gaza to former Palestinian prisoners who had been held in Israeli jails.
The prisoners ministry said 26 apartments in a new building in southern Gaza had been given out in a lottery between 125 former Palestinian prisoners.
Officials from Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip, said the program was the first of its kind funded by Iran.
A second building will be constructed in northern Gaza, the ministry said, adding the project aimed to “reduce the suffering of our freed prisoners.”
Iran has long been a strong backer of Hamas and its ally Islamic Jihad, providing them with funds, weapons and training.
Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.
Israel regards Iran as its main enemy, accusing of seeking the destruction of the Jewish state though its support for militant groups such as Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.