US Navy says the boat was carrying multiple million rounds of ammunition and was intercepted alongside a maritime route from Iran to Yemen.
The US Navy says it has intercepted a fishing trawler smuggling greater than 50 tonnes of ammunition — together with greater than 1 million bullet rounds, 1000’s of rocket fuses, and a considerable amount of propellant for rocket-propelled grenades — within the Gulf of Oman.
In a press release on Saturday, the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet stated the “illicit cargo” was found on December 1 “throughout a flag verification boarding” and was the second main weapons seizure in a month alongside a maritime route from Iran to war-torn Yemen.
“The direct or oblique provide, sale or switch of weapons to the Houthis in Yemen violates UN Safety Council Decision 2216 and worldwide regulation,” the US navy stated within the assertion.
On November 8, the fleet intercepted a fishing vessel transporting greater than 70 tonnes of ammonium perchlorate, which is used within the manufacturing of rocket and missile gasoline, in addition to explosives, and 100 tonnes of urea fertiliser, which is utilized in agriculture however may also be utilized in explosives.
US Vice Admiral Brad Cooper accused Iran of being behind the newest cargo.
“This vital interdiction clearly exhibits that Iran’s illegal switch of deadly support and destabilising behaviour continues,” he stated within the assertion.
On Dec. 1, U.S. naval forces within the Center East intercepted a fishing trawler smuggling greater than 50 tons of ammunition rounds, fuses and propellants for rockets within the Gulf of Oman alongside a maritime route from Iran to Yemen.
— U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. fifth Fleet (@US5thFleet) December 3, 2022
The US and Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of arming Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who seized the nation’s capital Sanaa in 2014.
Tehran has denied the cost; Iran has beforehand stated it helps the Houthis politically however denies sending the group weapons.
The struggle in Yemen, which has pitted the Houthis in opposition to a Saudi-led coalition, has killed lots of of 1000’s and pushed the impoverished nation to the brink of famine.
There was no quick remark from Yemen’s Houthis or the Iranian authorities.