Yemen minister slams Iran after Tehran admits support for Houthis  

Updated 03 October 2019

Yemen minister slams Iran after Tehran admits support for Houthis  

  • Yemen’s Information Minister slammed Iran for its support of the Houthis after Tehran admitted its backing of the militia

Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani slammed Iran on Wednesday for its support of the Houthis after Tehran admitted its backing of the militia.

The Yemeni official called on the international community to pressure the Iranian regime to stop all forms of support it provides to the Houthi militia and use it as a tool to target Saudi Arabia threaten international shipping lines.

“The Iranian regime controls the political and military decision and manages the [Houthi] militia to carry out its agenda and provides it with ballistic missiles, drones, weapons, experts in military industries, mines and improvised explosive devices,” Al-Iryani said.

The minister’s comments come shortly after Iran’s Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri admitted early this week that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) offer support to the Houthi militias in Yemen.

“We offer our advisory and intellectual support to Yemen’s national army,” Bagheri told Phoenix Chinese channel during his last visit to Beijing.

However, Bagheri denied claims that Iran had sent missiles and arms to the Houthis.


Dozens of Iraqi protestors wounded as anti-government unrest resumes

Updated 2 min 55 sec ago

Dozens of Iraqi protestors wounded as anti-government unrest resumes

  • In Baghdad’s Tayaran Square overnight, protesters threw petrol bombs and stones at police
  • Baghdad police said its forces had successfully reopened all the roads that were closed by “violent gatherings.”

BAGHDAD: Dozens of Iraqi protestors were wounded in Baghdad and other cities on Monday in clashes with security forces who were trying to clear blocked roads, security and medical sources said, as anti-government unrest resumed after a lull of several weeks.

In Baghdad’s Tayaran Square overnight, protestors threw petrol bombs and stones at police who responded with tear gas and stun grenades, Reuters witnesses said.

Elsewhere in southern Iraq, hundreds of protestors burned tires and blocked main roads in several cities, including Nassiriya, Kerbala and Amara. They say Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has not fulfilled promises including naming a new government acceptable to Iraqis.

“They (security forces) should stop shooting and aiming, who are they and who we are? Both sides are Iraqis. So why are you killing your brothers?” said one woman protestor in Baghdad who declined to give her name.

Baghdad police said its forces had successfully reopened all the roads that were closed by “violent gatherings.”

Mass protests have gripped Iraq since Oct. 1, with mostly young protesters demanding an overhaul of a political system they see as profoundly corrupt and as keeping most Iraqis in poverty. More than 450 people have been killed.

Numbers had dwindled but protests resumed last week as demonstrators sought to keep up momentum after attention turned to the threat of a US-Iran conflict following Washington’s killing of Tehran’s top general in an air strike inside Iraq.

The killing of Qassem Soleimani, to which Tehran responded with a ballistic missile attack on two Iraqi military bases, has highlighted the influence of some foreign powers in Iraq, especially Iran and the United States.