US urges UN ac­tion af­ter Saudi blames iran over mis­sile

The Miracle - - National & Int - Source: Al-Jazeera

The United States has called on the United Na­tions to act against Iran af­ter Saudi Ara­bia, a Wash­ing­ton ally, ac­cused Tehran of “di­rect mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion through the Houthi rebels in Ye­men. Amid an es­ca­lat­ing war of words, Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man on Tues­day pointed the fig­ure to Iran for sup­ply­ing a bal­lis­tic mis­sile that was fired on Satur­day from Houthi-held ter­ri­tory to­wards Riyadh’s in­ter­na­tional air­port. Saudi-led forces, which have been fight­ing the Houthis since March 2015, in­ter­cepted and de­stroyed the weapon be­fore it reached its tar­get. Iran, which sup­ports the Shia Houthi rebels but de­nies arm­ing them, has dis­missed the Saudi al­le­ga­tion as “con­trary to re­al­ity . Nikki Ha­ley, the US am­bas­sador to the UN, on Tues­day ac­cused Iran of sup­ply­ing a mis­sile to the Houthis that was fired into Saudi Ara­bia in July, and also re­ferred to Riyadh’s al­le­ga­tion that the weapon that was shot down over Riyadh on Satur­day “may also be of Ira­nian ori­gin . “By pro­vid­ing these types of weapons to the Houthi mili­tias in Ye­men, Iran’s Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps is vi­o­lat­ing two UN res­o­lu­tions si­mul­ta­ne­ously, Ha­ley said. “We en­cour­age the United Na­tions and in­ter­na­tional part­ners to take nec­es­sary ac­tion to hold the Ira­nian regime ac­count­able for these vi­o­la­tions. Ten­sions be­tween regional ri­vals Saudi Ara­bia and Iran have surged in re­cent days, in a cri­sis that ex­tends far beyond Ye­men: the two coun­tries have sup­ported op­pos­ing sides in regional con­flicts and dis­putes, and Riyadh has made clear it wants to curb Tehran’s in­flu­ence not just in the Ara­bian Penin­sula but across the re­gion. Fed­er­ica Mogherini, Europe’s top diplo­mat, on Tues­day called for calm, warn­ing that the mount­ing tension was “ex­tremely dan­ger­ous . “Al­low me to bring a lit­tle bit of wisdom as the Euro­pean voice in a world that seems to go com­pletely cra y here: It’s dan­ger­ous, she told re­porters in Wash­ing­ton. “We need to calm down the sit­u­a­tion. We need to bring down the tem­per­a­ture a bit rather than in­creas­ing the level of con­fronta­tion. Mogherini’s com­ments came as the Houthis warn­ing that air­ports in Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates, a Riyadh ally, could be their next fir­ing tar­gets. A Saudi-led mil­i­tary coali­tion went to war with the Houthi rebels in March 2015 af­ter they sei ed the cap­i­tal, Sanaa. In the wake of the mis­sile in­ci­dent, the Saudi-led al­liance has in­ten­si­fied its Ye­men em­bargo, an­nounc­ing the “im­me­di­ate clo­sure of all air, land and sea ports of the Ara­bian Penin­sula coun­try. The de­ci­sion could fur­ther limit ac­cess for the de­liv­ery of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Ye­men, which im­ports up to 90 per cent of its daily needs. On Tues­day, the UN called on the coali­tion to im­me­di­ately lift the block­ade, de­scrib­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try as “cat­a­strophic . “Hu­man­i­tar­ian op­er­a­tions are be­ing blocked as a re­sult of the clo­sure or­dered by the Saudiled coali­tion, Jens Laerke, spokesper­son for the UN Of­fice for the Co­or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs (OCHA), told re­porters in Geneva. Laerke said the UN has re­ceived re­ports that fuel prices surged by 60 per­cent overnight and cook­ing gas up to 100 per­cent in some parts of Ye­men as a re­sult of the block­ade. “Long lines of cars are queu­ing at gas sta­tions, he added. Laerke said hu­man­i­tar­ian flights to and from Ye­men were put on hold, adding that the Saudi-led coali­tion had asked UN staffto tell all ships ar­riv­ing at the sea ports of Hodei­dah and Saleef “to leave . Ac­cord­ing to the UN, some seven mil­lion peo­ple in Ye­men are on the brink of famine and were only be­ing kept alive thanks to hu­man­i­tar­ian op­er­a­tions.

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