December 21, 2021 – Iran’s top diplomat in Yemen Hassan Irloo dies of COVID-19
Hassan Irloo was appointed as the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ambassador to the Houthi-controlled part of Yemen. A ceremony was even held for his appointment – with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei himself attending;
Media outlets close to the Revolutionary Guards described him as a “veteran diplomat” and as head of the Yemeni desk at the Foreign Minister. But all evidence suggests that he is connected with the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards – which is responsible for expeditionary activities in the region. Some media outlets have described him as an “anti-aircraft weapons expert” and a training officer for Lebanese Hezbollah forces.
A Houthi minister, was killed during Irloo’s first few days in Sanaa. Hassan Zaid, who served as Minister of Youth and Sports, was killed by unknown individuals on October 27. A few Saudi-affiliated media outlets reported that the assassination was “ordered” by Hassan Irloo. But there is no evidence to support this claim and others have said that it was an internal Houthi feud;
According to the U.S. Treasury Department – December 8, 2020:
The Iranian regime recently sent Irlu to Sana’a as the Iranian regime’s envoy to the Houthi rebels. In so doing, Iran is the only nation to officially recognize, and appoint formal so-called representation to, the Houthis. For years, Irlu supported IRGC-QF efforts to provide advanced weapons and training to the Houthis. He coordinated with other senior IRGC-QF leaders to support the group’s operations throughout the Arabian Peninsula and Yemen. Irlu maintained a relationship with former IRGC-QF Commander Qasem Soleimani. He has also provided training to Hizballah members in Iran.
Also Known As:
Rey in Tehran province, Iran
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[December 2020 ]
» Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on December 8, 2020 pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the IRGC-QF;
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