Jan 22, 2022 15:36 UTC
  • Iran condemns Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen, warns no peace in sight if raids continue

Iran has condemned the deadly Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen, warning that the attacks that martyred at least 90 people have made achieving the peace in the war-torn country more difficult.

"The continuation of the [Saudi-led] coalition's military attacks on Yemen [which are carried out] amid the silence and indifference of the international community, the uncontrolled sale of weapons to the aggressors and adoption of biased approaches and double standard policies in international circles in the face of seven years of cruel aggression against the Yemeni people have made the path to achieve a just peace in the country even more difficult," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement on Saturday.

He added that countries that sell weapons to the aggressors in Yemen and provide them with bombs and destructive arms, which have led to martyring Yemeni women and children, are complicit in such crimes and should be held accountable in this regard.

The Iranian spokesperson stressed that the persistence of Yemen’s siege and bombardment of its people indicate a lack of “serious determination to advance a political settlement of the Yemeni crisis and also shows insistence on a destructive military approach.”

Such an approach would have no result but the destruction of Yemen and the spread of instability in the region, Khatibzadeh warned.

A spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces called on foreign companies to pull out of the UAE following the deadly airstrikes.

“In the aftermath of the crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition of aggression against Yemeni people, we advise foreign companies in the Emirates to leave because they have invested in an unsafe country,” Yemen's Armed Forces spokesman Yahya Saree tweeted on Friday.

A Saudi military spokesman denied deliberate targeting of the detention center, raising questions as to whether the United Arab Emirates had carried out the heinous attacks. 

The United Nations condemned the airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Sa’ada.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Friday evening that the UN chief had condemned “the airstrikes launched earlier today by the Saudi-led coalition against a detention center in Sa’ada city.”