Hezbollah leader meets with Yemeni militia

Lebanon’s Shiite movement Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah is said to have met with members of the Houthi militia. (AFP/File/Patrick Baz)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Hezbollah leader meets with Yemeni militia

  • It is understood that Nasrallah met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam
  • The Hexbollah leader and the Houthi militia discussed the war in Yemen

BEIRUT: Hezbollah says its leader has met with a delegation from the Houthi militia.
The Lebanese militant group said Sunday that Hassan Nasrallah met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam to discuss the latest developments in Yemen’s war.
Hezbollah is believed to train and support the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi fighters, who are at war with a Saudi-led coalition allied with Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
Hezbollah, which is also an Iran-allied Shiite group, says the Houthis are fighting a war against “Saudi and American imperialism.”
Iran supports the Houthis but denies arming them.


Iran’s Khamenei: Tehran will not leave UK piracy unanswered

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Iran’s Khamenei: Tehran will not leave UK piracy unanswered

  • The Iranian supertanker, carrying 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil, was seized with the help of British Royal Marines
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the seizure of the ship “piracy”

DUBAI: Iran’s top leader says his country will retaliate over the seizure of an Iranian tanker by British authorities.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the seizure of the ship “piracy” in a televised speech Tuesday, saying: “God willing, the Islamic Republic and its committed forces will not leave this evilness without a response.”
The Iranian supertanker, carrying 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil, was seized with the help of British Royal Marines earlier this month off Gibraltar.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Saturday that Britain will facilitate the release the ship if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel will not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. Tensions have soared in the Persian Gulf over the past year as the Trump administration has ramped up sanctions on Iran after withdrawing from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.