Growing terrorism in Yemen concerning: Iran official

A senior Iranian official has expressed concern over growing terrorist activities in Yemen in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s military invasion, stressing that the ongoing crisis in the war-hit country will not be settled through military approaches.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Monday that certain regional and extra-regional players are refusing to focus on a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, adding that this is against “collective security” in the region.

He also condemned the Saudi war against Yemen, noting that the military aggression against Yemen has dramatically increased civilian casualties, especially among women and children.

He criticized the United Nations for failing to take an effective measure to put an end to the illegal blockade imposed on the oppressed Yemeni people.

“The continuation of warmongering policies and silence of international community on Yemen have created an opportunity for increasing new terrorist moves in Yemen, which is concerning,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

Yemeni men clear the debris following a Saudi airstrike in the capital, Sana’a, on November 29, 2015. © AFP

He added that those who are supporting Saudi war against Yemen should know that Riyadh will not win the conflict and that “only the resistant Yemeni nation will finally emerge victorious.”

The Iranian diplomat also reaffirmed Tehran’s support for intra-Yemeni dialog under the supervision of the UN.

Yemen has been witnessing terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-linked militants operating in the Arab country.

The impoverished Arab country has also been under relentless military attacks by Saudi jet fighters since late March.

The Saudi military strikes are aimed to supposedly undermine the popular Ansarullah movement, and bring fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a Saudi ally, back to power.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since March.

The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

By Press TV