Iran: Israel helping Saudis fight Houthis

The unconfirmed report published on Tuesday could well be false and part of Tehran’s media campaign against its Sunni opponents in the region.

May 21, 2015 11:24
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Saudi airstrike in Sana'a

Saudi airstrike in Sana'a. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Saudi Arabia has hired Israeli military experts to help in their war in Yemen, sources close to the Saudi government allegedly told Iran’s Fars News Agency.

The unconfirmed report published on Tuesday could well be false and part of Tehran’s media campaign against its Sunni opponents in the region.

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“The Zionist experts supervise the Saudi-led coalition’s operations against Yemen directly in addition to intelligence and military coordination between the two sides,” the sources told the Iranian news outlet.

The report added that an Israeli delegation traveled to Saudi Arabia in the past few days to supervise the construction of a Defense Ministry site.

Meanwhile, the Houthi rebel movement in Yemen is pushing for Iran’s participation in the planned UN talks, the Saudi-owned London daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Tuesday.

The Houthi movement told the UN’s envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, that it wants Iran to be included in any UN-sponsored peace negotiations.

Yemen’s exiled government might not attend talks the United Nations plans in Geneva on May 28 because it has not been officially notified and wants more time to prepare, Foreign Minister Reyad Yassin Abdulla said on Wednesday.

“We didn’t get an official invitation. It’s very short notice. If it happens, it shouldn’t be on May 28,” he said by phone, adding that any talks that involved the Houthi rebels should depend on them abiding by a UN resolution requiring them to disarm.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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