CENTCOM intercepts a shipment of Iranian weapons destined for the Houthis

(To Staff)

The US Navy today announced that on January 28, a US Coast Guard patrol vessel, deployed in the US Central Command (CENTCOM) area of ​​responsibility, seized advanced conventional weapons and other lethal aid from Iran for to Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen from a vessel in the Arabian Sea.

The class patrol boat Sentinel of the United States Coast Guard, USCGC Clarence Sutphin Jr. (WPC 1147), assigned to CENTCOM, located the vessel and boarded it. The boarding team discovered over 200 packages containing medium-range ballistic missile components, explosives, unmanned underwater/surface vehicle (UUV/USV) components, military-grade communications and networking equipment, as well as anti-tank guided missile launchers. and other components.

The direct or indirect provision, sale or transfer of such aid violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216 (extended and renewed by resolutions 2675 and 2707).

“This is just another example of Iran's malign activity in the region,” said the general. Michael Erik Kurilla, commander of CENTCOM. “Their continued supply of advanced conventional weapons to the Houthis is a direct violation of international law and continues to undermine the safety of international navigation and the free flow of commerce.”

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