Shiploads of Arms Seized in Arabian Sea, Sent From Iran To Yemen

About 1,500 AK-47 assault rifles were among a cache of weapons intercepted by the coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco on March 28, 2016. The weapons, assembled on the deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely, were seized from a stateless dhow.
U.S. NAVY

The U.N. Security Council imposed an arms embargo against the Houthis in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have repeatedly accused Iran of flouting the ban, something Tehran has always denied.  Now they’re CAUGHT!

For the third time in one month, international naval forces in the Arabian Sea have seized illegal shipments of arms, including machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, that officials said originated in Iran and were intended for Houthi rebels in Yemen.  

Here are the latest hauls.

March 28 – “International naval forces operating in the waters of the Arabian Sea seized a shipment of illicit arms, which the United States assessed originated in Iran and was likely bound for Houthi insurgents in Yemen.  The US Navy Coastal Patrol ship USS Sirocco, operating as part of US Naval Forces Central Command, intercepted and seized the shipment of weapons hidden aboard a small, stateless dhow.”  The cargo included 1,500 AK-47s, 200 RPG grenade launchers and 21.50-caliber machine guns, the Navy Department said.

 

March 20 – French navy destroyer FS Provence seized a shipment of arms that included nearly 2,000 AK-47s, 64 Dragunov sniper rifles and nine anti-tank missiles, when it stopped a dhow off the Yemeni island of Socotra on 20 March.

The photograph released by the French MoD showing the arms seized by Provence shows what appear to be North Korean Type 73 machine guns on the left. Source: French Ministry of Defence

The photograph released by the French MoD showing the arms seized by Provence shows what appear to be North Korean Type 73 machine guns on the left. Source: French Ministry of Defence

 

February 27 – An Australian naval, the HMAS Darwin, intercepted a small, stateless fishing vessel about 170 nautical miles off the coast of Oman.   On board they found more than 2,000 pieces of weaponry — including 1,989 AK-47 assault rifles and 100 rocket-propelled grenades.  According to a U.S. assessment, the weapons were believed to be initially sent from Iran and were likely intended for Houthi rebels in Yemen.  The weapons were confiscated, and the Iranian gun-runners were set free.

A handout photo from the Australian Defense Force shows what they say are weapons seized from a fishing vessel which was boarded off the coast of Oman, reportedly on Feb. 27, 2016.

A handout photo from the Australian Defence Force shows what they say are weapons seized from a fishing vessel which was boarded off the coast of Oman, reportedly on Feb. 27, 2016.

 

 







 

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