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Yemeni Rebels In Iran for New Weapons Shipments

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A Shiite Houthi rebel holds his weapon as he attends a rally to protest Saudi-led airstrikes / AP
• October 7, 2015 2:43 pm

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Yemeni anti-government Houthi rebel forces have been spotted in Iran receiving support and new arms, according to sources who spoke to the Arab outlet Al Arabiya.

The report comes as Iranian forces boost their military efforts to back the Yemeni fighters as well as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Iranian officials have made clear in recent weeks that the country intends to continue waging war through its proxies despite international bans of weapons exports that resulted from the recently inked nuclear accord.

The Houthi delegation "will convey to Iranian officials an urgent request by Houthi leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi to attain additional shipments of weapons after the Saudi-led coalition forces made several gains against the militia," according to the report.

Iranians officials affiliated with the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are scheduled to hold meetings with the rebels, according to the report, which stated that Tehran is considering sending more military advisers to Yemen.

Iran’s goal is to more fully support the rebel’s military prowess.

"Before visiting Tehran, the delegation had allegedly visited Beirut where it met with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah," according to al Arabiya. "During the visit, the delegation allegedly voiced Abdulmalik's al-Houthi's gratitude for Hezbollah's support in sending military experts to Yemen."

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