RNA - "Saudi military strike against Yemen, sponsored with US’ logistics support, must be stopped since the Yemeni crisis does not have a military solution," Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Director for Near and Middle East Fabrizio Carboni.
He, meantime, lauded the ICRC for its positive efforts during Astana talks, and said, "The committee is in a position that can make greater efforts to bring peace and help reduce human suffering in conflict-affected countries such as Syria and Yemen."
Amir Abdollahian pointed to his previous meetings with President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer, and said, "He had some very good ideas and the time for many of those troubleshooting ideas has already come to be implemented in Syria, and they can take on a more fundamental aspect."
"The Yemeni people are in a state of emergency, and unfortunately, Saudi Arabia's intervention on the country's domestic affairs has made the situation so critical that even the ICRC has been unable to provide aid for the Yemeni people," he added.
According to Fars News Agancy, the Saudi-led coalition has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 17,500 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia's deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.
Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in need and is seeing a spike in needs, fuelled by ongoing conflict, a collapsing economy and diminished social services and livelihoods.
A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.