US Navy seizes guns heading from Iran to Yemen

This year, the US 5th Fleet, located in Bahrain, has confiscated roughly 8,700 illicit weapons.

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The US Navy seizes weapons purportedly on their way from Iran to Yemen.

Since 2014, Yemen has been immersed in civil war, with Iran-backed Houthi rebels fighting the globally recognized government.

This year, the US 5th Fleet, located in Bahrain, has confiscated roughly 8,700 illicit weapons.

A US navy statement on Wednesday read

US 5th Fleet ships seized approximately 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and 226,600 rounds of ammunition from a stateless fishing vessel.

The stateless vessel was assessed to have originated in Iran and transited international waters along a route historically used to traffic weapons unlawfully to the Houthis in Yemen.

The US and its ally Saudi Arabia, which is heading the military coalition protecting the Yemeni government against the rebels, have long repeatedly Accused of sending weaponry to the Houthis, which Tehran disputes.

According to the navy, the five crew members will be evacuated, and the boat was sunk because it posed a threat to commercial transportation.

Riyadh has maintained that its involvement in Yemen in 2015 was to protect an Iranian ally from getting into power on its doorstep.

In recent days, Saudi-led coalition forces have conducted air raids on the rebel-held capital of Sanaa in Yemen.

According to the official Saudi Press Agency, the coalition struck a Houthi military camp in Sanaa on Wednesday and wrecked seven drone and weapons warehouses.

By the end of the year, the UN predicts that Yemen’s war would have claimed 377,000 lives, both directly and indirectly.

Over 80% of the population of around 30 million people necessitates humanitarian relief.

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