Iran on Saturday condemned the deadly Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen, warning that the attacks that killed dozens of 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, Press TV reported.
Khatibzadeh added that countries that sell weapons to the aggressors in Yemen and provide them with bombs and destructive arms, which have led to the killing of Yemeni women and children, are complicit in such crimes and should be held accountable in this regard.
The 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 show 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, he warned.
At least 90 people were killed and more than 260 others injured, most of them in critical condition, in Yemen following a series of airstrikes on Thursday and early Friday.
Warplanes of the Saudi-led military coalition pounded a detention center in Sa’ada in the early hours of Friday, killing at least 70 people and injuring some 140 others, with reports saying that the death toll could rise.
Late Thursday, Saudi-led coalition warplanes also struck a communications center in Hodeida, killing six children playing soccer nearby and plunging Yemen offline as the war-torn nation lost its connection to the internet.
A Saudi military spokesman denied deliberate targeting of the detention center, raising questions as to whether the United Arab Emirates had carried out the attacks.
Warning to foreign firms
The airstrikes followed a Yemeni drone attack on the UAE on Monday, which itself came in retaliation for Abu Dhabi's recently intensified role in the protracted war on the impoverished Arab country.
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,” army spokesman Yahya Saree tweeted on Friday.
“The UAE would grow more insecure as long as its rulers continue their military aggression against Yemen.”
The spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarullah movement said the deadly airstrikes manifest the bankruptcy of the coalition in the face of Yemeni resistance.
Mohammed Abdul-Salam said the countries that began the war on Yemen in March 2015 still maintain the illusion of the first day of the war.
He said their recent attack on Yemen demonstrates their failure to achieve any of their political and military goals.
Saudi Arabia launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, leading a military campaign consisting of its regional allies, including the UAE.
Through its war, Riyadh sought to dismantle Ansarullah and reinstall the former government.
The kingdom estimated at the beginning of the war that it would come out victorious within just a few weeks.
The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.
“The coalition has reached the climax of bankruptcy, and these actions are the result of the fact that they are being defeated in the field and they want to make up for these failures by bombing civilians, prisoners, public areas and communication centers,” Abdul-Salam said.
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”.