Iran urges UN to help provide direct aid flights to Yemen

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TEHRAN: A senior Iranian official has called on the UN and world countries to help send relief aid to Yemen through direct flights to the war-hit Arab country.  

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, made the request during a telephone conversation with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on Friday.  

The Iranian official lashed out at Saudi Arabia for blocking humanitarian aid to Yemen as well as violating a five-day ceasefire in its military air campaign against Yemen, which took effect on Tuesday.

Amir-Abdollahian described the humanitarian situation in Yemen as catastrophic and said the Saudi truce in Yemen is merely a show.  

The Russian official, for his part, called on the global community to take serious measures to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.

In a separate telephone conversation on Friday, Amir-Abdollahian talked to the new UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, during which he called for speeding up aid delivery to Yemen.

Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which currently controls the capital, Sana’a, and other major provinces, and to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.

According to Yemen’s Freedom House Foundation, the Saudi airstrikes have claimed the lives of 3,979 Yemeni people so far while more than 6,887 others have been wounded.

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