Iran condemns Saudi intervention in Yemen

Posted on 07/05/2019 / Posted by admin / Category 深圳桑拿网

(Transcript from World News Radio)

 

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has condemned the military intervention by its main regional rival Saudi Arabia in Yemen, calling it genocide.

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The comments come amid the ongoing Saudi-led bombing strikes in the country aimed at stopping the advances of the Houthi rebels.

 

Santilla Chingaipe has the details.

 

Iran has repeatedly called for an end to the air strikes and urged dialogue in Yemen.

 

However, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments are the most critical yet from Iran about the two-week Saudi-led coalition’s campaign.

 

In a speech read out on state television, the Iranian leader says Saudi Arabia will not emerge victorious from the war in Yemen.

 

(translated) “The Supreme Leader called the actions against the nation of Yemen murder and genocide, which can be prosecuted internationally and added that the killing of children, the destruction of homes and the elimination of the infrastructure and national wealth of a country is a great crime. The Supreme Leader stressed that the Saudis will definitely lose out and be harmed in this issue.”

 

Iran has been accused of backing the Houthi fighters who control the capital, Sanaa, and are trying to seize the port city of Aden.

 

Iran has denied training or equipping Houthi forces, but the United States has ignored the denials, warning it will not stand by while Iran supports the rebels.

 

In the most direct accusation yet of Iran’s backing of the Houthis, U-S Secretary of State John Kerry says America will not accept foreign interference in Yemen.

 

“There have been – there are, obviously – supplies that have been coming from Iran. There are a number of flights every single week from Iran: we’ve traced them and we know this. We’re well aware of the support that Iran has been giving Yemen and Iran needs to recognise that the United States is not going to stand by while the region is destabilised or while people engage in overt warfare across lines, international boundaries in other countries.”

 

The US, however, has been backing the Saudi-led air campaign which began last month.

 

Saudi Arabia says the military campaign is aimed at curbing the Houthi advances and restoring President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled the country a fortnight ago.

 

Meanwhile aid groups and the United Nations are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

 

It says since the Saudi-led airstrikes began, close to 600 people have been killed, and more than 100-thousand others have been displaced.

 

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has added his voice.

 

“Since the initial advances by the Houthis, the situation has greatly escalated through the Arab coalition military operation led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the request of President Hadi. The Coalition air raids – and the continuing attempts by the Houthis and their allied armed groups to expand their power – have turned an internal political crisis into a violent conflict that risks deep and long-lasting regional repercussions.”

 

The UN’s childrens agency is warning of an increase in already high malnutrition levels throughout Yemen.

 

UNICEF spokesman Julien Harneis.

 

“We expect in the coming weeks there to be an upsurge in malnutrition across the country, be it in areas of conflict or not, because it was already a country where 60 percent of the population lived under the poverty line, that is not going to get any better, people’s revenues are going down, the cost of living is going up and government services are weakened, if not falling apart.”

 

Aid groups are struggling to fly emergency supplies into Yemen, which UNICEF spokesman Julien Harneis says is a challenge.

 

“For the last week, every day we’ve been trying to get a plane in and every day there has been a different problem just pop up and it’s that combination that makes it so difficult, so we need to find a better solution that’s more, more reliable and foreseeable”

 

 

 

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