Iran Condemns Resumption of Saudi Airstrikes on Yemeni Civilians

Bahram Ghasemi

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned a new wave of bombing of Yemen’s residential areas and civilians by Saudi jets, urging international response to such crimes against humanity.

In comments on Tuesday night, Qassemi deplored inaction by the United Nations Security Council and the organizations claiming to advocate human rights on Saudi Arabia’s crimes against people of Yemen, saying such muted response has encouraged the Riyadh regime to continue to devastate Yemen’s infrastructure, kill civilians and keep a blockade on the country which is in need of humanitarian aids.

He also called on the UN and those arming the Saudi military to take effective steps to end the attacks on Yemen and ensure the safety of civilians, particularly women and children.

More than a dozen people have been killed in Yemen after the Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes on the capital Sana’a, following the collapse of UN-brokered peace talks.

In the first such attacks since 11 April –when an often-violated ceasefire was put in place– Saudi-led jets bombed a potato factory in the capital’s Nahda district on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people working there, mostly women.

Since last March, Saudi Arabia has launched airstrikes to reinstate the ousted president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and counter Houthi movement advances. More than 6,000 people have died, including thousands of civilians and children, according to the UN.

The UN child protection agency UNICEF has said more than 1,100 children were confirmed to have died since the conflict began last year.

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