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Iran to Continue Efforts to Send Aid to Yemen: Deputy FM

Politics - Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abollahian reiterated Tehran's determination to make efforts to provide the people of Yemen with humanitarian aid despite Riyadh's moves to block them.

"Yemen, today, is not Gaza that can be put under siege," Amir Abdollahian said, adding that Iran will continue its efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

"We would never allow a blockade of the country (Yemen)," he emphasized in a Tuesday interview with al-Manar TV, noting that Yemen's security is that of Iran and the entire region.

He made the remarks in reference to Saudi Arabia's bombardment of the runway of Sana'a airport on April 28 to prevent an Iranian plane carrying aid cargos from landing in the Yemeni capital.

Amir Abdollahian further deplored Riyadh over attacking an Islamic country in the region (Yemen), and underscored the evidence that shows links between terrorists in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq and some security services in the region.

On March 26, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies began to militarily interfere in Yemen's internal affairs by launching deadly air strikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

The Saudi-led coalition announced on April 21 that its military operation "Decisive Storm" has ended, but hours later, air strikes and ground fighting resumed.

According to the spokesman of the Yemeni Army, the Saudi-led war on the Arab country has killed 2,051 people, most of them civilians.

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