UEA puts six people on trial for supporting Yemen’s Houthis

Emirati prosecutor accuses six people of supplying Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen with communication devices, chemical materials

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A soldier loyal to Yemen's government aims a machine gun at a Houthi position in the country's central province of Marib.

An Emirati public prosecutor has accused six people of providing supplies to the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, the UAE state news agency reported on Monday.

The accused people are on trial, the first reported instance in the UAE, where people are charged with helping Houthis who have killed scores of Emirati soldiers deployed throughout Yemen.  

"Six Arab defendants, including a Gulf citizen, are on trial on charges of providing the terrorist Houthi movement in Yemen with communication devices and equipment," WAM news agency said.

According to WAM, the Emirati public prosecutor accused the defendants of helping the Houthis with "communications devices and chemical materials," without giving any more details.  

The prosecutor also said one of the defendants had managed Houthi funds in the UAE.  

Since late March, a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting against the Iranian-backed Houthis to restore President Hadi to power.

According to the UN, at least 5,800 people have been killed in the ongoing civil war in Yemen, nearly half of them civilians, and more than 27,000 have been injured since March. 

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