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Iran violated arms embargo, U.N. says

UNITED NATIONS -- Iran violated a United Nations arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to Shiite rebels in Yemen, U.N. experts say in a new report.

According to excerpts obtained Friday, the 79-page report paints a devastating picture of the Arab world's poorest nation caught in a conflict that many view as a proxy war between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The rebels, known as Houthis, and forces allied to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh swept into the capital, Sanaa, in 2014. The Saudi-led coalition, backed by the United States, launched an air campaign against the rebels in March 2015 and later expanded into ground operations.

U.N. experts traveled to Saudi Arabia in November and December and examined remnants of missiles fired by the Houthis in those months as well as in May and July.

A Section on 01/13/2018

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