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Gift: US intercepts weapons intended for the Houthis and gives them to Ukraine

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The US military last week transferred thousands of Iranian rifles and cartridges, originally intended for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, to Ukraine. Centcom, the American command center in the Middle East, reported this on Tuesday on X.

The photo on Centcom’s X account looks impressive. The guns are neatly lined up next to each other. This is a huge amount: more than 5,000 AK-47s, machine guns, sniper rifles, grenade launchers and more than 500,00 rounds of ammunition. All captured between May 2021 and February 2023, on four ships that were going to supply the Houthi rebels from Iran.

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The Iranian regime supports the Houthis in Yemen, who have been targeting shipping in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea since last autumn, already having a major impact on world trade. The Houthis say they are acting in solidarity with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, but supplying them with weapons would violate a UN Security Council resolution, the US said. That’s why the US military seized Iranian weapons.

Ammunition shortage

“This is enough material to equip an entire Ukrainian brigade (about 4,000 soldiers, ed.),” reads the photo on X. “These weapons will help them defend themselves against the Russian invasion.” The new material is indeed welcome for Ukraine, which has been struggling with a dire shortage of ammunition for some time. Although this will not immediately solve the problem.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is still eagerly awaiting a large military aid package from America. Last week he stated that Ukraine will lose the war if the US Congress does not approve the aid package of tens of billions of dollars. But for now, Congress can’t agree on that. (GLI)

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