Iran condemns the Saudi-led coalition over the attacks on Yemeni rebels


TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Saturday condemned recent airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Yemen, warning they make achieving peace in the war-torn country “more difficult”.

The Saudi-led coalition has dismissed as “baseless” reports it carried out an airstrike on a prison in rebel-held northern Yemen that aid groups say killed at least 70 people, including migrants, women and children.

Saudi Arabia has accused regional rival Iran of providing military support, specifically with rockets and missiles, to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, which Tehran denies.

“The continuation of the coalition’s military attacks on Yemen with the silence and indifference of the international community and the uncontrolled sale of arms to the aggressors … has made the path to a just peace in the country even more difficult,” said a spokesman for Iran‘s foreign ministry said Saeed Khatibzadeh in a statement.

The latest violence in Yemen’s seven-year war came after Houthi forces claimed their first deadly attack on Monday on Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, a member of the coalition.

The attack, which coincided with a coalition strike on Hodeida that killed three children and shut down the internet in Yemen, was condemned by the United Nations Secretary-General.

Khatibzadeh said there was a lack of “serious determination to move forward with the political solution to the crisis in Yemen” and warned that this would lead to “the destruction of the country and instability in the region”.

The Houthi rebels captured the capital Sana’a in 2014 and sparked the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in March 2015, backed by the US, France and Britain.

“The countries that provide the coalition with bombs and weapons of mass destruction are complicit in these crimes and must be held accountable,” Khatibzadeh added.

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