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A satellite image of the Persian Gulf, also known as the Arabian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, Dec. 30, 2001.

A British military vessel has seized a shipment of advanced Iranian missiles that was headed to Yemen.

The UK Embassy in the United Arab Emirates announced the seizure of surface-to-air missiles and engines for land attack cruise missiles, saying it was the “first time a British naval warship has interdicted a vessel carrying such sophisticated weapons from Iran.


“The UK will continue to work in support of an enduring peace in Yemen and is committed to international maritime security so that commercial shipping can transit safely without threat of disruption,” UK Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said.

The shipment was seized by a British Royal Navy vessel in the Gulf of Oman earlier this year.

The incident provides documentation that Tehran is arming the Houthi rebels with advanced weaponry, smuggled through the Persian Gulf, against the Yemen government and the Saudi-led military coalition fighting to restore it.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.