Arab coalition refutes CNN report on arming Houthis, AQAP

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-02-10 | Since 2 Week

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Saudi-led coalition supporting legitimate government in Yemen strongly denied on Sunday reportage aired by the CNN TV saying that US arms supplied to the coalition reached Houthi rebels and Qaeda terrorists,dismissing such reports as "illogic".

Coalition states are committed to confronting and defeating the illegitimate Houthi militias and other terrorist groups like Isis and al-Qaedain Yemen, the Saudi Asharq Al-Awsat paper quoted coalition spokesman as saying.

The CNN footage showed "damaged military vehicles," Colonel Turki al-Maliki added, noting that "155 military vehicles had been moved from their places and 55 others are being prepared to be moved outside Yemen. Coalition does not neglect any allegations" on weapons of any kind being received by any group.

Last Wednesday, the Pentagon said it would open investigation once it receives documented evidence that Houthis and AQAP obtain weapons or equipment it sent to Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Pentagon takes seriously claims on misuse of US-made defensive equipment and will start investigationas soon as the Ministry obtains documented evidence, said Pentagon spokesman John Michel.

CNN reportage last Tuesday detailed how US weapons supplied to Saudi and Emirati-led coalition reach Houthis, controlling Sana'a and most north Yemen, and al-Qaeda affiliates active in southern and western parts of the war-torn country.

Having been made by CNN correspondent Neima al-Baqir, the coverage shed light on destruction caused by American-made arms in the 4-year war between the coalition-backed internationally recognized government and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, killing a large number of civilians in Yemen.

Some US sensitive military technology went to Tehran, according to the report, after they had fallen in hands of Iran-aligned Houthis.

At Tuesday hearing before the Senate, US commander General Joseph Leonard Voteldenied that his country had given UAE and Saudi authorities permit to move US-made arms, stressing that the USA needs to determine whether the equipment had reached Qaeda-linked militants or Iranian-backed rebels.

Senator Kris Murphy, of the Senate foreign relations committee, has told the CNN that arms sent by the USA to war zones often end up in the wrong hands, hoping that the US administration will temporarily pause arms sales to Saudi Arabia until full information on the issue is obtained.

When selling large deal of arms to a given country, the US administration imposes certain conditions, including that arms cannot be re-exported or moved without prior permit from the US.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi.


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