Iran’s Red Crescent complains to IFRC about saudi aid blockage

May 5, 2015

TEHRAN -- The head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) announced that in a meeting of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) board of governors in Geneva, the IRCS has censured the Saudi regime’s move to block aid to Yemen.


Amir Mohsen Ziaei said in the meeting the IRCS discussed Riyadh’s recent move to prevent Iranian airplanes carrying humanitarian aid to land in Yemen, the Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.

“We raised the issue that a human tragedy is happening in Yemen and people are dying there and that the delivery of aid is facing serious disruption,” Ziaei stated.

He added that the Saudi delegation had no reaction to the IRCS’s criticism and remained silent on the issue in the IFRC meeting.

Fighter jets of Saudi Arabian-led coalition bombed the runway of Sana’a airport on April 28 to prevent an Iranian plane carrying aid cargos from landing in the Yemeni capital.

Following the attack, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi Arabia’s charge d’affaires to protest the move.

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