Iran rejects claims of sending arms to Yemen in boat

Iran rejected as “propaganda” on Thursday claims that a seized fishing boat loaded with weapons heading to Yemen was Iranian, the official IRNA news agency reported, according to AFP.

The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday that it had seized an Iranian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea loaded with weapons and destined for Shiite rebels it is fighting in Yemen. A coalition statement said 14 Iranians as well as weapons including anti-tank shells were found on board, and that the boat’s papers showed it was registered and licenced for fishing in Iran.

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“Clearly these accusations and propaganda are psychological warfare and baseless,” a foreign ministry source told IRNA. “After the scandalous Mina (Hajj stampede) tragedy, the coalition forces have resorted to a worn out and repetitious scenario,” the source said, adding that Yemeni rebels don’t need Iranian arms.