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An armed man loyal to the Houthi movement holds his weapon as he gathers to protest against the Saudi-backed exiled government deciding to cut off the Yemeni central bank from the outside world, in the capital Sanaa, Yemen August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Files

Riyadh – A recent U.N. report revealed that Houthis robbed 68% of the Yemeni Army weapons — they also received arms shipments from Iran.

The experts’ panel of the Security Council committee entrusted with imposing sanctions on restrainers of Yemen’s peaceful transition showed that there is a high possibility that Iran provided Houthis with arms that the guided missiles are proven to be Iranian products.

In a letter to the Security Council, the experts’ panel affirmed that the coalition of Abdulmalek al-Houthi and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh has got involved in a strategic action to use the missiles against Saudi Arabia since June 16 2015.

Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces succeeded in resisting and destroying Yemen-sourced missiles, an estimate of 60 missiles since the mentioned date.

The usage of these missiles is a violation of the International Humanitarian Law because missiles lack accuracy and fail to differentiate between military and civil targets.

Money laundering operations were also monitored by the report. These operations were conducted by Khaled, the son of Saleh, who also transferred funds to his father even after his name was added to the sanctions’ lists on November 7 2014.

The panel visited the Yemeni-Saudi border and sent an official request to Oman to visit the frontier district of Yemen but didn’t receive a response until the moment the report was issued.

The panel also visited 11 countries: Bahrain, Colombia, Djibouti, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, UAE, Britain and U.S.

Five shipments of arms were captured by the Australian, France and U.S. navy operating in the region – Also, the Saudi navy has seized two sailing ships loaded with Iranian manufactured weapons that include: Rocket-propelled grenades, sniping riffles and thermal rockets.