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Iran Urges Urgent Int’l Efforts to Send Aid, Prevent Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian stressed the urgent need to dispatching international aid to prevent humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Regional Director for the Middle-East at the International Committee of the Red Cross Robert Mardini in Tehran on Tuesday.

He also voiced regret that “certain countries’ miscalculations and measures against human principles and international rules have exacerbated the humanitarian situation in the crisis-hit states in a way that the first victims of such policies are innocent people and citizens”, adding that the actions of such states sometimes even trouble the international aid agencies’ operations and endanger them”.

Mardini, for his part, appreciated Iran for its cooperation in sending humanitarian aid to Iraq and Syria, and said despite all problems, the Red Cross is trying to send the Iranian Red Crescent’s aid to the Yemeni people.

A 107-ton cargo of the Iranian ship carrying humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people was discharged at Salalah port in Oman last week to be delivered to Yemen.

“A logistic center has been set up in Salalah port in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross and Oman’s humanitarian institution so that different countries’ aids will be gathered at this port and be dispatched to Yemen,” Deputy Head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) for International and Humanitarian Affairs Shahabeddin Mohammadi Araqi told FNA on Saturday.

Noting that 107 tons of medical aids and consumer items had been sent by Iran to Salalah port, he expressed the hope that the humanitarian aids would be distributed among the Yemeni people as soon as possible.

Iran had also earlier sent several other consignments to Yemen, including relief, medical, treatment and consumer items.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 174 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 5,862 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

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

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