The Iranian regime has continued to attempt to expand its influence within the Middle East, despite the fact that there are considerable issues at home. One of the most recent examples of the regime’s influence is in Yemen, where tactics being used by the Houthis indicate that Hezbollah, which is funded by Iran, has been sharing information with the rebels.
In a report by Conflict Armament Research, roadside bombs in Yemen bear similarities to those used by Hezbollah and insurgents in Iraq and Bahrain, a consistency which points to Iran’s influence in how they are being made.
The West and the United Nations researchers have accused Iran of supplying arms to Yemen’s Houthis, the rebels that have held the capital since 2014. While Iran has long denied supplying arms to the rebels in Yemen, the Saudi Arabian government alleged that ballistic missiles being fired into their country bear evidence of Iran.
This latest report just shows that what was once a civil war in one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, has turned into a war between old rivals within the region.
“What we’re hoping this does is make plausible deniability not very plausible,” said Tim Michetti, head of regional operations for Conflict Armament Research. “You can’t really deny this anymore once the components these things are made with are traced to Iranian distributors.”
The fake rock bomb was examined by this independent watchdog group, who determined that the bomb could be armed by radio and also triggered by an infrared beam. There were three varieties of bombs found, including anti-personal mines and explosively formed projectiles that can penetrate armored vehicles and were used with lethal effect in Iraq. Throughout their examination, they found evidence of Iran manufacture, and another group of independent experts also found forensic evidence that could be tied to Iran and Hezbollah.
Iran’s regime has denied the accusations, but it is not the first time that Iran has been accused of dabbling in Yemen’s civil war.
In the meantime, Saudi Arabia is calling for Iran to be held accountable for its actions in arming the Houthis in Yemen. Saudi Arabia called on the UN Security Council to bear its responsibilities for maintaining international security by calling Iran to account. The letter to the UN Security Council was submitted by Abdullah Al-Muallami, the kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN. This demand comes as attacks from Yemen on the kingdom continue to increase.
“The Iranian-backed Al Houthi terrorist militias fired at Saudi Arabia seven ballistic missiles that bear the imprint of [the] Tehran regime, which is sponsoring terrorism and terrorists groups,” said Saudi Arabian coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki Al Malki, during a press conference in Riyadh.
Al Malki also called on the international community to take action to hold the regime responsible for violating UN resolutions, including 2231 and 2216, as well as the regime’s breaches of international law. While he noted that Saudi Arabia was able to intercept the missiles, it is still a serious security risk. The falling shrapnel has proved deadly for at least one Egyptian and two of his countrymen were wounded.
“This aggressive and hostile action by the Iran-backed Al Houthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed group with military capabilities,” said Al Malki.
The UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan expressed their condemnation of the rocket attacks of Al Houthi militias on Saudi Arabia, pledging to stand in solidarity with the Kingdom in the face of this escalation, which is aimed at terrorizing civilians.
While there is evidence of Iran’s influence, at this time, it seems that many of the international leaders are all talk, but little action.