U.S. Naval Forces in the Middle East announced intercepting “a fishing trawler smuggling more than 50 tons of ammunition rounds, fuses and propellants for rockets in the Gulf of Oman along a maritime route from Iran to Yemen,” U.S Naval Central Command said in a statement.
According to the statement, this is the second major seizure of illegal weapons and ammunition within a month.
“Forces from Lewis B. Puller found more than 1 million rounds of 7.62mm ammunition; 25,000 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition; nearly 7,000 proximity fuses for rockets; and over 2,100 kilograms of propellant used to launch rocket propelled grenades,”
UNSC Resolution 2216 and international law ban any direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the Iran-backed Houthi rebels who stormed Yemen’s capital Sana’a and ousted the internationally recognized government, triggering the worst humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen.
On Dec. 1, U.S. naval forces in the Middle East intercepted a fishing trawler smuggling more than 50 tons of ammunition rounds, fuses and propellants for rockets in the Gulf of Oman along a maritime route from Iran to Yemen.
— U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) December 3, 2022
“This significant interdiction clearly shows that Iran’s unlawful transfer of lethal aid and destabilizing behavior continues,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “U.S. naval forces remain focused on deterring and disrupting dangerous and irresponsible maritime activity in the region.”