Iran Asks UN Help to Send Humanitarian Aid to Yemen

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Monday, 10 October 2016


Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi called for the United Nation's assistance to facilitate dispatch of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people, specially following the massacre of mourning civilians by the Saudi warplanes in Sana'a.

"The UN Secretary-General should facilitate this task and guarantee its security," Araqchi said on Monday.

He condemned the Saudi fighter jets' airstrikes against civilian targets in Sana'a, and underlined Iran's preparedness to send humanitarian aid and medicine to the Yemeni people.

Araqchi also said that Iran is ready to transfer the wounded Yemeni people to the country's hospitals for treatment.

Also, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Sunday called for putting an immediate end the siege of Yemen and opening of a safe air corridor for sending relief aid to the injured civilians of the Saturday Saudi airstrikes on mourners in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a.

"We demand the removal of the air siege imposed on Sana'a and supply of immediate aid to the people wounded in Saudi Arabia's inhumane crimes in Sana'a," Qassemi said.

He reiterated that Iran is ready to send humanitarian aid, including medical team, food and medicine to those injured in the incident.

Reports from Yemen's capital said on Saturday that over 700 people were killed or wounded in massive air raids by the Saudi-led coalition warplanes.

The airstrikes targeted a hall where people were paying their last respects to the father of Yemen's Interior Minister Jalal Al-Rouyshan who is also the chief of staff of former President Ali Abdullah Salih.

A second strike hit exactly the same region as people rushed to aid those injured in the first round of air assault.

Also, the Saudi warplanes staged massive airstrikes on a ceremony on the house of Sheikh Abu Shwareb, inflicting tens of casualties on the civilians who had gathered for a ceremony at his residence.

The airstrikes killed at least 213 people, and wounded more than 534.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 11,300 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster.

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