Iran’s crude is financing Houthi rebels in Yemen War: UNSC Report

United Nations – Iran has added fuel to the conflict in Yemen ongoing since the past four years, alleged the United Nations in a report. The Iranian crude is being illegally shipped to the ports under the control of the Houthi rebels and is believed to help them earn roughly $30 million per month. Just last month, a report had exposed Iran for supplying missiles to the Houthi rebels. With another consecutive exposure demonstrating Iran of providing aid to the Houthi rebels through crude oil supplies, highlights the possibility of Tehran facing further trouble.

An 85-page report regarding the Iranian crude supply to Houthi rebels was submitted to the UN Security Council (UNSC). Discussion on the subject is soon expected to take place at the UNSC. The report also mentions the Saudi-run campaign in Yemen undertaken along with its allies. Moreover, the report points out that though the campaign has made significant progress, it has not been possible till now to realise the objective of restoring government authority over the entire state and is in fact far from it.

The report claims that bogus companies formed in Yemen and some other countries acted as fronts for the illegal Iranian oil trade. Additionally, it alleges that crude oil is loaded into the tankers with the help of fake documents and sent to Yemen and other countries where the funds generated from the crude sale are handed over to the Houthi rebels.

Iran has consistently denied providing any assistance to the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Nevertheless, the report submitted to the UNSC is said to hold concrete evidence supporting the claims making it difficult for Iran to counter the accusations. Sources indicate that the uncovering of Iran’s involvement in the Yemen conflict will likely add to its regime’s troubles.

The United States and Saudi Arabia are expected to present the issue more aggressively. At the same time, the campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen may soon intensify. The Iranian arms supply to the Houthi rebels is already a matter of dispute possibly putting the European and other countries supporting Iran in a fix.

Hundreds of thousands have died in Yemen conflict. The grim situation in the country is said to be a humanitarian catastrophe.

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