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UN report finds Iran in violation of Yemen arms embargo

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has violated a UN arms embargo by failing to block supplies to Yemen's Huthi rebels of ballistic missiles that were fired at Saudi Arabia, according to a UN experts' report seen by AFP today.

The finding is expected to bolster accusations from the and that has supplied weaponry to the Huthis in their war against the Saudi-led coalition.

"The panel has identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles that are of Iranian origin and were introduced into after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo," said the report presented to the

"As a result, the panel finds that the Islamic Republic of is in non-compliance with paragraph 14 of resolution 2216" that imposed the ban on arms sales to in 2015, said the 79-page report presented on Tuesday.

Iran has strongly denied arming the Huthis and last month accused of presenting "fabricated" evidence that a November 4 missile fired at was Iranian-made.

Haley told the last month that the will push for action against Iran for providing missiles that have been fired at its ally, but quickly signalled that it would not endorse such plans.

While the experts pointed to the Iranian origin of the missiles, they were unable to identify the supplier and stressed that Iran had failed to provide information to the panel.

Iran "failed to take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of Borkan-2H short-range ballistic missiles, field storage tanks for liquid

bio-propellant oxidizer for missiles and Ababil-T (Qasef-1) unmanned aerial vehicles to the then Huthi-Saleh alliance," said the report.

The UN experts travelled to in November and again last month to inspect the remnants of missiles fired by the Huthis in May, July, November and December.

Already one of the Arab world's poorest countries, has been brought to its knees since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 in support of the government.

More than 8,750 people have died in the war and the country is facing what the has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 01:35 IST