20 October 2016 - 20:22
News ID: 424442
Rasa - A UN official in a phone conversation with Iran’s UN Ambassador Gholam Ali Khoshroo on Thursday discussed Tehran’s offer to supply humanitarian aid to Yemeni people who are in dire situation under Saudi airstrikes.

RNA - Khoshroo and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien talked about Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent letter to the UN chief.


In his letter to Ban Ki-moon, Zarif notified the UN of Tehran’s readiness to supply humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen and transfer injured Yemenis to Iran for treatment after a ‘catastrophic’ Saudi airstrike that killed scores of civilians in Sana’a.


O'Brien said on Thursday that the bulk of international aid for Yemen is provided within the framework of UN-developed mechanism in coordination with the Saudi-led coalition forces.


Considering the past experiences, coordinating airlift support with the Saudi-led coalition for Yemen has been pretty hard and complicated, the UN official added.


For his part, the Iranian envoy warned that lack of immediate relief aid for war-torn Yemenis will increase the number of casualties.


Over 140 people were killed and over 500 wounded on October 8, when a Saudi aerial attack hit a community hall in southern Sana’a, where a funeral was being held.


The death toll was one of the largest in a single incident since March 2015, when the Riyadh regime launched a campaign to crush Houthis and their allies and restore power to resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.


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