Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Yemenis claim they intercepted 'Iranian ship' ...

The Yemeni government, without
BBC, here

"... The Yemeni central government has not commented but officials have long accused the rebels of receiving Iranian support, a claim Tehran denies. ...Last week Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh alleged that captured rebels had confessed their funding came from Iranian dignitaries. But he said he did not accuse the Iranian regime itself.

The AFP new agency quoted a local Yemeni official saying that from preliminary enquiries, five of the Iranians captured on Monday were "instructors" who had planned to deliver weapons and then evacuate wounded Iranians.

The rebels, known as Houthis, say they want greater autonomy and an public role for their version of Shia Islam. They complain their community is discriminated against. They accuse Saudi Arabia of supporting Sanaa and last week said they had clashed with Saudi forces along the border between the two countries. .."

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