United Nations report says Iran violated Yemen arms embargo

United Nations report says Iran violated Yemen arms embargo

Saudi-led coalition warplanes, meanwhile, flew over Ataq to protect Tariq's convoy after he arrived in the city to offer condolences to the family of Arif al-Zouka, the head of the slain president's General People's Congress (GPC), who was also reportedly killed by Houthi militiamen last month.

Saudi Arabia and the United States have long accused Iran of arming the Houthis in Yemen, the Arab world's most impoverished country.

"After almost three years of conflict, Yemen as a state has all but ceased to exist", the report said.

On Dec. 19, 2017, the Houthi movement fired a ballistic missile toward the royal palace in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Al Maliki said the Houthi terrorist group is training its personnel to attack ships, destroyers and aircraft carriers, and to target maritime traffic.

The US told the Security Council in December that it will push for action against Iran for providing missiles that have been fired at its ally, but Russian Federation quickly signalled that it would not endorse such plans.

Maliki said that the missile targeted civilian and populated areas.

The UN experts travelled to Saudi Arabia in November and again in December to inspect the remnants of missiles fired by the Huthis in May, July, November and December.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah.

More than 10,000 civilians have been killed in fighting and airstrikes; more than 7 million are on the brink of starvation and over 19 million don't know where their next meal is coming from; medical infrastructure has collapsed; and a cholera outbreak has affected 1 million people.

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