Yemen’s government said Wednesday that it has proof Iran-backed Hezbollah militants are helping Yemeni rebels carry out cross-border attacks in Saudi Arabia, fueling the tensions between the regional powers.
The Saudi-backed Yemeni government has documents and “concrete evidence” to back up its claim against the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah, Yemen’s state-run Saba news service cited government spokesman Rajeh Badi as saying. It gave no further details of Hezbollah’s alleged support for Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels, but said it would provide the evidence to the United Nations Security Council and the Arab League. It gave no timetable.
Saudi Arabia has long claimed that Shiite Iran’s hand was behind the Houthi advance in Yemen. Western diplomats have played down the claims of Iranian involvement and Iran denies it is directing the rebels.
Saudi Arabia has become increasingly impatient with Hezbollah’s role in the region as its political and military rivalry with Shiite Iran heats up. The kingdom scrapped $3 billion in pledged military aid to Lebanon last week, blaming Hezbollah’s influence over the country’s national affairs.