(By Estera Popowska)
US Secretary of State, John Kerry speaking to PBS Newshour on Wednesday warned Iran over its alleged support for Houthi rebels in Yemen, BBC reports. Iran has meanwhile denied accusations it is providing military aid to the Houthis.
The White House official, John Kerry reportedly said it was clear Iran was aiding the Houthis: “There are obviously supplies that have been coming from Iran. There are a number of flights every single week that have been flying in.”
“Iran needs to recognise that the US is not going to stand by while the region is destabilised or while people engage in overt warfare across lines, international boundaries and other countries,” he added.
The US Foreign Secretary said U.S would support any state in the Middle East that felt threatened by Iran, and would not "stand by" if Iran destabilised the region.
The US is backing a Saudi-led coalition seeking to drive back the rebels and restore President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who fled the country last month. However, it despatched two navy vessels to the Gulf of Aden, off the southern coast of Yemen, on Wednesday.
BBC says Navy commander Rear Adm Habibollah Sayyari told state media the move was made with the aim of "safeguarding naval routes for vessels in the region".
Meanwhile, aid supplies have begun reaching Yemen after a series of delays, as the humanitarian situation deteriorates amid continued fighting (Source: BBC)