Iran has criticized the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a member of the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen, for trying to justify the alliance’s bloodshed in the impoverished country by using ‘Iranophobic’ pretexts.
Earlier this year, Yemen’s then-president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi stepped down and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by the Ansarullah movement. The Yemeni parliament did not approve his resignation. Gradually, as the Yemeni government failed to provide security and properly run the affairs of the country, members of Ansarullah started to take control of state matters to contain corruption and terror.
In late March, a coalition of countries began military strikes against Yemen with the supposed aim of undermining the popular Yemeni Ansarullah movement, and bringing fugitive former president Hadi, a Saudi ally, back to power.
The countries participating in Saudi Arabia’s disastrous invasion of Yemen also accused the Ansarullah movement of being linked to Iran, an allegation denied by both parties.
On Tuesday, Emirati daily Khaleej Times quoted the country’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash as having said two days earlier that the coalition’s offensives against Yemen was, among other things, meant “to send a strong message to Iran that the Arab world’s stance is unified in this regard.”
Later in the day, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber-Ansari reacted to the remarks, saying, “Such feeble and illogical arguments cannot justify the destruction of a defenseless country’s infrastructure and intentional bloodshed of thousands of innocent Yemeni civilians.”
Jaber-Ansari added that “unfortunately, some of the officials of neighboring Arab countries know no way of justifying their wrong and destructive policies other than to accuse the Islamic Republic.”
“They wrongly assume that the policy of projecting Iran as threat can still deceive the international community and the people of the region into paying no attention to the obvious facts regarding the main sources of warmongering and extremism,” the Iranian official said.
More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since the onset of the military attacks on Yemen. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.
Humanitarian organizations have had little or no access to deliver aid to the affected areas in the war-ravaged country.
By Press TV