In a surprising about-face, analysis on Iranian television has implicitly admitted that the country has armed Houthi rebels as part of its role in Yemen’s devastating civil war.
On Friday, state-affiliated Fars news agency in Iran discussed the use of Zalzal-2 missiles by the Houthi rebels against Yemeni forces. The Zalzal-2 is an Iranian-developed unguided ballistic rocket.
Fars reporters spoke about the use of the Zalzal-2 missiles against Yemeni forces in the capital of Sana’a on Friday.
“We express our displeasure of the UN envoy’s initiative and his briefing to the Security Council which represented a serious blow to peace efforts in Yemen and is an insult to the UN resolution 2216 and the points that it contains regarding commitments to end the coup and the return of the legitimate government to its normal location in order to secure peace, development and security in the country.”
The participants called upon the U.N., the U.N. Security Council, and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Ali Abdullah Saleh, Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi (the namesake of the al-Houthi movement) and their assistants under international legal precedents for having committed war crimes.
They also condemned the Houthis and dictatorial ex-president Saleh for targeting Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.