Iran Sends Ships Toward Blockaded Yemen Port, Raising Fears Of Escalating Conflict With Saudi Arabia
The convoy of nine ships which reportedly includes an Iranian destroyer, could be attempting to ferry weapons to the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Iran says this convoy is part of an anti-piracy campaign. On April 1, a US Navy warship consenually boarded a Panamanian cargo ship bound for Yemen. An Iranian ship currently docked in Oman is being watched for signs of weapons-transfer. There are Egyptian and Pakistani warships patrolling the waters off Yemen. It is unknown what may happens if the Iranian convoy attempts to dock in Yemen.April 18 2015
Iran is sending a small armada of naval vessels toward Yemen, sparking concern among U.S. defense officials that a naval conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia could escalate the Yemen conflict from a proxy war into a full-scale international conflict, according to media reports.