Political Analysis

Crew of ship admit to transferring Iranian weapons

National Yemen

Part of transferring Iranian weapons to Yemen

By Hoeie Al-Sudmi

Local security sources have stated that 100 Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers, officers included, managed to cross into Yemen via Lebanon while claiming to be Syrian refugees. According to the source, the Iranian guards entered Yemen using Syrian passports and distributed themselves among Sana’a, Aden and other Yemeni governorates.

“They formed secret cells and were assigned to carry out devastating operations in Yemen’s south and north,” added the source.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Yemeni security forces were currently tracking one of the most dangerous cells, composed of six Revolutionary Guards, in Sana’a. The source added that they were tracking another cell in Aden, which had cast a wide net to recruit separatists in different directorates.

“They attracted around 30 youths,” said the source, and organized various protests in which separation was demanded and southerners were incited to demonstrate against national unity.

According to the source, three of the youths who were recruited will travel to Lebanon this week to receive training from Hezbollah.

A source at the Ministry of Foreign stated that around 15,000 Syrian refugees had arrived in Yemen since the eruption of the revolution against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The source denied any knowledge of attempts by Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers to sneak into Yemen disguised as Syrian refugees.

A security source stated that the UN-affiliated team which was assigned to investigate the matter of the suspected Iranian arms shipment to Yemen had concluded their mission, which included investigating the eight sailors who were onboard the ship in question.

“The eight sailors admitted that the weapons had arrived from Iran and also that they had been involved in other similar operations before,” said the source.

The source added that the sailors had been assigned to transfer three previous weapons shipments to Yemen. According to the source, the investigations were not limited in scope to the eight Houthi-affiliated sailors, but also extended to the separatist Southern Movement, as led by Ali Salem Al-Beidh.

The team is set to deliver a detailed report, including details of what government officials have said, as soon as it arrives in New York. Field tests and the results of investigations of the crew of the Jihan 1 are also said to be included in the report.

Diplomatic sources expect that the Security Council will impose immediate punishments on Iran in the event that the nation is proven to have been involved with the weapons shipment.