Iran complains to UNSC against Saudis

TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) – Iran complained to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over Riyadh’s blockade on humanitarian aid deliveries to its neighboring Yemen.

In a letter of complaint, Iran’s Ambassador to United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou said, “the Islamic Republic of Iran has tried all means to alleviate the sufferings of the affected Yemeni people. These efforts have been mostly thwarted by the [Saudi-led] coalition forces.”

Saudis have since March 26 been bombing Yemen, hindering aid ships under the pretext of preventing what they allege to be Iran's military help to Yemenis. The Saudi regime has so far imposed an illegal blockade on the delivery of relief supplies to the war-stricken people of Yemen in defiance of calls by international aid groups and amid silence of international organizations.

In April, Saudi fighter jets intercepted an Iranian airplane carrying humanitarian aid and medicine as well as injured Yemenis treated in Iran, and prevented it from entering the Yemeni airspace. The plane was forced to turn back, although it had obtained the necessary permission to fly along the Oman-Yemen route.

“Those who violate international law, including international humanitarian law, should be held accountable for their acts,” Iranian diplomat added, "there should be no room for impunity for the violators of the international laws."

Khoshrou further referred to Saudi Arabia’s bombing of residential areas, governmental buildings and infrastructures adding, "the destruction of the transportation infrastructure of Yemen by the coalition forces has adversely influenced the delivery of humanitarian aid."

Saudi Arabia’s pounding of Yemen continues unabated despite the declaration of a five-day ceasefire in the war-wracked country. Early on Thursday, Saudi fighter jets hit border areas in the Yemeni northwestern provinces of Hajjah and Sa'ada.

According to the latest UN figures, the Saudi military campaign has so far claimed the lives of thousands of people many of them civilians.

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