2021-April-18 12:27
2021-March-8  15:48

Iran Asks S. Arabia to End Yemen War Instead of Blame Game

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry rejected Riyadh’s allegations about Tehran’s involvement in the recent Yemeni army’s drone attacks against the Saudi targets, saying that Saudi Arabia should end the war in Yemen instead of blaming others.

“The root cause of the crisis we witness in Yemen today is the war; the war that the Saudi crown prince thought could end within three weeks by killing the Yemeni people. For six years now, the Yemeni people have been defending themselves empty-handed against the European and American bombs and the most sophisticated and advanced weapons of Saudi Arabia and different bombings that have hit parts of Yemen several times with cluster bombs,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

"Blaming others does not solve Saudi Arabia’s problem. The problem will be resolved by stopping the war against its poorest neighbor (Yemen),” he added.

"Iran has given a four-point plan since day one and sought a political settlement (to the crisis in Yemen), and today the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to provide the most effective assistance if Saudi Arabia comes out of this illusion of war to resolve the problem in Yemen,"  Khatibzadeh said.

“We are concerned about the tragic crisis inside Yemen where millions of Yemenis are in dire need of safe food and drinking water today,” he added.

Yemen’s Armed Forces fired drones and missiles at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry and military sites on Sunday in retaliation for the Riyadh ongoing assault against the war-torn country.

On Sunday, Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said the Yemeni Army and allied fighters from popular committees had launched new drone and missile attacks on targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, noting that all targets were hit with high precision.

Saree added that 14 Sammad and Qasef K2 drones as well as eight ballistic missiles were used in new attack, which targeted Saudi military bases in Dammam, Asir and Jizan regions.

The new operation also took aim at facilities of Saudi oil firm Aramco in Ra’s Tanura.

Saree warned that if the Saudi-led war continued against Yemen, the country’s Armed Forces will carry out more operations against military and economic targets inside Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah movement. The war has taken a heavy toll on Yemen's infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.

The United Nations estimated in late 2020 that the war had caused as many as 233,000 deaths in Yemen since 2015, including 131,000 from indirect causes such as lack of food and deadly disease. 

According to the UN, at least 80 percent of Yemen’s 30 million people need some form of aid or protection.

Ansarullah, backed by the Yemeni Armed Forces and allied popular groups, has gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and successfully defended Yemen against the aggression, leaving Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the county.

Several human right groups and charities have accused the Western governments of prolonging the war in Yemen by permitting the sale of weapons and military equipment to the kingdom and its allies.