Arab coalition forces fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen have intercepted an Iranian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea carrying weapons meant for the insurgent group, the Saudi-led coalition said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The Command of the Coalition … foiled an attempt to smuggle weapons destined to the Houthi militias, on an Iranian fishing boat,” the statement said.
The Iranian boat was stopped by the anti-Houthi coalition 150 miles (241 kilometers) south east of the Omani city of Salalah in the Arabian Sea at 1:00 pm on Saturday, according to the statement.
Fourteen Iranian nationals were arrested on board the vessel which was carrying 18 anti-armored Concourse shells, 54 anti-tank shells, shell-battery kits, firing guidance systems, launchers and binoculars’ batteries.
Saudi Arabia has been fighting the Houthis in Yemen for six months in a bid to shore up exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi whom the rebels toppled from power in 2014.
Saudi Arabia and other coalition members have long accused Iran of militarily supporting the Shiite rebels who have seized large parts of Yemen, including the capital Sana’a, since September of last year. Tehran has denied the accusation.
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