Kuwait refutes alleged Iranian weapons shipments

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

The report, published by Reuters, claimed that the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had begun using waters further up the Gulf between Kuwait and Iran to ensure arms shipments reach the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The ministry also urged global media to investigate such matters "more thoroughly", after Reuters cited anonymous "sources familiar with the matter" in a report claiming that Iran's Revolutionary Guards had recently started using Gulf waters between Kuwait and Iran for arms shipments to Shi'ite Muslim Houthi forces in Yemen's civil war.

The ministry urged global media to investigate such matters "more thoroughly".

The New Arab has contacted the Kuwaiti embassy in London for a statement.

The Kuwait Foreign Ministry denied on Wednesday a recent Reuters report that alleged that the country's territorial waters were being used to transfer Iranian weapons to Yemen's Houthi rebels. The transhipments take place in Kuwaiti waters and in nearby worldwide shipping lanes, the sources said.

Yemen is more than two years into a civil war pitting the Iran-aligned Houthis against the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition. Current death toll is more than 10.000 people, while humanitarian disaster escalated with a starvation and the cholera outbreak of more than 300.000 recorded cases of infection.

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