UAE minister rejects Iran TV station’s Yemen claims

A news report on Al Alam TV on August 17 stated that the Houthi rebels had bombed Saudi Arabia vehicles operated by “Israeli-Americans” and that the rebels captured three UAE military vehicles.

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ABU DHABI // Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has refuted claims made on an Iranian TV channel about the operations in Yemen.

A news report on Al Alam TV on August 17 stated that the Houthi rebels had bombed Saudi Arabia vehicles operated by “Israeli-Americans” and that the rebels had captured three UAE military vehicles.

On Twitter, Dr Gargash said the televsion channel had “insulted the UAE” with these claims.

He said the broadcast “only represents an independent vilified voice”, while the insult was “a badge on our chest because its source is media that is spiteful against Arabs and a media that promotes sectarian agendas that we have become able to clearly destroy”.

He said: “The insults are a non-logical mixture of sectarianism but it seems like the cries of agony about the Arab cohesion and success of the participants in Yemen.

“The insistence of Tehran that terrorism and extremism is a Sunni face contradicts the terrorism of Hizbollah and its cells and the atrocities,” he said, adding that definitions of terrorism should be “whole and objective”.

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