Shipments of heavy weapons have been delivered to Houthi rebels in Yemen via the Red Sea, informed sources told Arabic language daily Asharq Al-Awsat.
The anonymous sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that cargos of weapons sent by Iran arrived in Yemen through the ports of Midi and Houdayda.
The report came the same day as a senior Yemeni security official warned other states to respect Yemeni sovereignty.
Addressing a regional security conference in the Bahraini capital of Manama, the head of Yemen’s National Security Agency, Ali Al-Ahmadi, called for other states not to attempt to interfere in Yemen’s internal affairs.
The Yemeni government sources also claimed that the majority of Yemen’s maritime forces and Coast Guard are now under control of the Houthi group, citing a “conspiracy” between the Shi’ite militia and officers loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The UN Security Council recently authorized sanctions on former Yemeni president Saleh and senior Houthi rebel military commanders Abd Al-Khaliq Al-Houthi and Abdullah Yahya Al-Hakim over the latest unrest in Yemen, freezing their assets and imposing a travel ban on them.