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April 2, 2015 6:53 pm

Report: Iran Using Civilian Airliners to Transfer Weapons to Houthi Rebels in Yemen

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Iran has been operating a major scam in order to help Houthi rebels in Yemen, without prejudicing the discussions with the West over its nuclear program, Israel’s Channel 2 revealed on Wednesday.

In order to bypass US sanctions on Iranian airlines sending arms to Syria and elsewhere through the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, reports indicate that the Iranians are using front companies to hide the fact that IRGC Air Force planes are carrying weapons to their proxies.

In one example, an Iranian Air Force plane was painted with the logo and identification number of a new civilian cargo company called “Pooyah.” This company officially worked through the Red Crescent in order to carry out humanitarian missions, but in reality it was used to transfer weapons to Houthi fighters in Yemen, according to the report. A similar strategy was employed using the cargo planes of Iran’s “Maan Air” and “Yas Air.”

“Pooyah” is indeed a new company, but all of the departures and arrivals of its planes go via IRGC controlled airports. Because of this, it has proven difficult for Iran to hide the fact that these airlines are operating in the service of the regime, Channel 2 said.

Another problematic issue is a tourism agreement between Iran and Yemen which has facilitated 14 weekly flights from Tehran to Sana’a. It can easily be assumed that there aren’t many Iranian tourists wishing to visit Yemen at this point in time, given the fighting raging on in the country. It is therefore safe to say that the aircraft were not carrying tourists or humanitarian aid, but weapons, Channel 2 alleged.

According to the report, intelligence officials are sure that the Iranians have been transferring advanced missiles to Yemen, capable of targeting ships and other targets.

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  • Lauren Goldman

    If I may upgrade a post; never trust an arab.

  • zadimel

    Why not prevent those planes from entering Yemen’s air space? If they do we should blow them out of the air.

  • If this is true, it doesn’t augur well, does it, for Iran’s faithful adherence to the nuclear deal?

  • Pourquoi ne pas descendre discrétement ces avions sans aucune publicité puisque ce sont des cibles ennemies –

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Iran is taking USA and the west by the nose, is incredible that EU and USA are so blind. The same at Hitler razing power when the regime was not oppose and cost millions of life and an economical environmental disaster.

  • Carla Isselmann

    Remember Iraq Air? There were many flights with chemical weapons flying west into Syria under Saddam and after their final flights, buried in the desert.many reports were published about this fact and disappeared. Then Bush got the blame that he lied..

  • michelle

    Not surprising…..

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Never, never trust Iranians!