Yemen: Lebanon’s Hezbollah supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen

Published February 25th, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
Supporters of the Shia Houthi movement hold portraits senior Houthi leader Lutf al-Quhom, who was killed in recent fighting, during his funeral on Feb. 18, 2016 in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
Supporters of the Shia Houthi movement hold portraits senior Houthi leader Lutf al-Quhom, who was killed in recent fighting, during his funeral on Feb. 18, 2016 in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Yemen’s government accused Hezbollah Wednesday of meddling in the current battles between Saudi-backed forces and Iranian supported Houthis, vowing to file a complaint against the party before the United Nations. “The government has documents and circumstantial evidence that prove the extent of Hezbollah’s involvement in the war waged by the Houthi militias against the Yemeni people,” Yemen’s government spokesman Rajeh Badi told the state-run Yemeni Saba news agency.

He accused Hezbollah of “hostile actions against legality and the Arab coalition,” revealing that a complete dossier would be filed to the U.N. Security Council and the Arab League over the matter.

A video circulating on various news websites reportedly shows a Hezbollah militant advising Houthi fighters on combat tactics.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab coalition backing Yemen’s government against Houthis fighters who overran the capital Sanaa in September 2014.

Last week, Riyadh decided to halt military aid to Lebanon. In the following days, the kingdom, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar warned their citizens against visiting Lebanon.


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