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French forces seize shipment of weapons headed from Iran to Yemen - Al Jazeera English

French forces seize shipment of weapons headed from Iran to Yemen - Al Jazeera English

French forces seize shipment of weapons headed from Iran to Yemen - Al Jazeera English
Feb 02, 2023 1 min, 0 secs

French naval forces in January seized thousands of assault rifles, machineguns and anti-tank missiles headed from Iran to Yemen, officials have told the Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press news agency, the latest such incident amid the country’s long-running war.

While Iran did not immediately acknowledge the seizure, images of the weapons allegedly meant for Houthi rebels released by the United States military’s Central Command showed them to be similar to others captured by American forces in other shipments tied back to Tehran.

The announcement comes as Iran faces increasing Western pressure over its shipment of drones to arm Russia during its war on Ukraine, as well as for its violent months-long crackdown targeting protesters.

Iran has long denied arming the Houthis, though Western nations, UN experts and others have traced weaponry ranging from night-vision scopes, rifles and missiles back to Tehran.

In November, the US Navy said it found 70 tonnes of a missile fuel component hidden among bags of fertiliser on board a ship bound for Yemen from Iran.

Images taken on Wednesday by US Central Command, analysed by the AP, showed a variety of weapons on board an unidentified ship apparently docked at a port.

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