No Military Support for Yemen’s Houthis

No Military Support for Yemen’s Houthis No Military Support for Yemen’s Houthis

Iran only provides Yemen with consultations and advisory support against the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes, said a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

Alireza Rahimi denied allegations by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council that Iran provides military support to Houthi fighters in Yemen and rejected the claim that Iranian-made Zelzal missiles have been used to hit targets in Saudi Arabia from Yemen, ICANA reported.

"It's a false claim and there is no evidence to support it. We are after establishing peace in the Islamic world and any support provided by Iran is in that direction," he said. A Saudi-led coalition of Arab states intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to restore power to the ousted president Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. He was forced to flee the country after Houthi fighters and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh took over the capital Sana'a and other northern parts of the country in September 2014.

Rahimi said Saudi Arabia, as an Arab state, is expected to support the Yemeni people who are also Arabs.

"What we see instead is increased airstrikes and killings of civilians, especially women and children," he said. A shaky ceasefire between the government and the Houthis took effect in April and brought some respite from the war. Peace talks broke down earlier this month, though, and Saudi-led airstrikes on the Houthis who control Sana'a have resumed.

Despite the coalition campaign, Hadi's forces on the ground failed to dislodge Houthis from large parts of the country, including the capital.

The Houthis and Saleh's party set up a 10-member governing council last month to run the country after United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait ended without an agreement.

On August 13, the Houthis and Saleh loyalists convened the parliament in Sana'a for the first time in nearly two years in defiance of the Saudi-based Hadi, who called the parliamentary session "invalid".  

The parliament session was attended by nearly 150 parliamentarians who approved the ruling council.