Iran blames US for crimes against hu­man­ity in Ye­men

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

THE U.S. is re­spon­si­ble for crimes against hu­man­ity re­gard­ing Iran and Ye­men, Iran’s For­eign Min­is­ter said Thurs­day. “You know what @SecPom­peo? It’s the Ye­me­nis them­selves who’re re­spon­si­ble for famine they’re fac­ing. They should’ve sim­ply al­lowed your butcher clients—who spend bil­lions on bomb­ing school buses & “mil­lions to mit­i­gate this risk” to an­ni­hi­late them w/o re­sist­ing. #Have You No Shame ,” Ira­nian FM Javad Zarif said on Twit­ter.

On Oct. 30, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo called for the ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties in Ye­men. He said in a state­ment that mis­sile and drone strikes by Iran-al­lied Houthi rebels against Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emirates should stop and air strikes by the Saudi-led coali­tion must cease in all pop­u­lated ar­eas of Ye­men.

“Just as with Ye­men, @SecPom­peo blames Iran for un­law­ful U.S. sanc­tions pre­vent­ing Ira­ni­ans’ ac­cess to fi­nan­cial ser­vices for food and medicine. Nat­u­rally, we will pro­vide them for our peo­ple in spite of U.S. ef­forts. But US is ac­count­able for crimes against hu­man­ity re Iran & Ye­men,” Zarif said.

The United Na­tions Ye­men en­voy Martin Grif­fiths is aim­ing to con­vene the coun­try’s war­ring par­ties for peace talks by the end of the year, a U.N. spokesman said on Thurs­day, af­ter last week say­ing he would try to bring them to­gether by the end of the month. Ye­men has been wracked by con­flict since 2014, when Shi­ite Houthi rebels over­ran much of the coun­try. Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, the for­mer de­fense min­is­ter, and Saudi Ara­bia’s al­lies launched Oper­a­tion De­ci­sive Storm in March 2015. Riyadh has ac­cused the Houthi rebel group of serv­ing as a proxy force for Iran, Saudi Ara­bia’s arch foe in the re­gion.

Civil­ians have borne the brunt of the con­flict, which has killed over 10,000 peo­ple and sparked the world’s worst hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis. In Septem­ber, the Saudi- led coali­tion ad­mit­ted that mis­takes were made in an Au­gust airstrike that killed 40 chil­dren, an event con­sid­ered an ap­par­ent war crime by the U.N. hu­man rights body. Saudi Ara­bia’s al­leged hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions are not lim­ited to that coun­try but have ex­panded be­yond its bor­ders, since there is an end­less war in Ye­men. The U.S. has made a call to end the war, but there was no ref­er­ence to the fu­ture of its arms sales to Saudi Ara­bia. Aid groups warned of the plight of civil­ians in Ye­men’s con­tested Hodeida where ca­su­al­ties are mount­ing as a Saudi-led coali­tion is fight­ing to take the port city from the coun­try’s Shi­ite rebels.

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