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Iran admits supporting Houthis in Yemen for the first time

Iran has long denied providing any military support for the Houthis in Yemen. However, it has acknowledged for the first time since the outbreak of the war in Yemen in 2015, that the Revolutionary Guards offered “advisory and intellectual support” to its ally, the Houthi group.

Iranian Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammed Bagheri, admitted providing this kind of support to Houthis, in an interview with Phoenix Chinese TV Channel.

According to Bagheri, Iran provided advisory support, weapons and equipment to Iraq and Syria at the request of their governments, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was, of course, responsible for that mission. The Maj. Gen. did not deny the Iranian army’s assistance to the IRGC forces there.

“Yemen is currently under siege, and all entries are closed. Even medicine could not be delivered there for a long time,” said Bagheri, who denied sending any missiles to Yemen.

“How can we send meters long missiles to Yemen while we cannot even deliver medicine there?” said Bagheri. He stressed that Iranian assistance to the Houthis was limited to the consultative and ideological aspects, and revealed for the first time that it was the Revolutionary Guards that was in charge of this task.

He also pointed out that the Islamic Republic will stand by the Yemeni people so that they can keep this aggression away from their country.

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