Iran Condemns Saudi Bombing of Yemeni Civilians in Hudaydah
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned the Saudi-led coalition’s Thursday airstrike in Yemen that led to the deaths of more than 30 civilians, mostly children, in the western province of Hudaydah.
In a statement released on Friday, Qassemi decried the heinous crime committed by the Saudi and Emirati air forces, which killed dozens of innocent women and children in Durayhimi city, and offered his condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.
Not long after the Saudi-led coalition’s attack on a school bus in Yemen’s Sa’ada, the world is witnessing “a new crime” against the oppressed Yemeni people, he deplored.
The spokesman further emphasized that countries supplying arms to the aggressors that have bombarded Yemeni women and children are complicit in these crimes and should be held accountable to the international community and the Yemeni people.
Qassemi further called on the United Nations and influential countries to step up their efforts to immediately stop the attacks and take measures to protect the security of civilians, especially women and children.
Thursday’s attack in Hudaydah came only two weeks after another strike by the invading military coalition hit a school bus in the impoverished country and killed scores of Yemeni children.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, citing a spokesperson of the country’s Health Ministry, reported that all the victims, whose vehicle was destroyed in the strike in Durayhimi city on Thursday, were internally displaced people.
Al-Masirah, citing local sources, had reported earlier that at least 22 children and four women lost their lives in the deadly strike, adding that all those on board the vehicle were killed.
Back on August 9, Saudi-led warplanes hit a school bus in the town of Dhahyan in Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada with a 227-kilogram laser-guided Mark 82 bomb, killing a total of 51 people, among them 40 children, and leaving nearly 80 others wounded.
Later investigation by Yemeni authorities revealed that the bomb had been supplied by the US to the Saudi-led military coalition. Furthermore, a report by the CNN also confirmed what Yemeni authorities had announced about the origin of the bomb.