Iran Asks UN Chief to Help Arrange for Aid to Yemen Victims

Iran Asks UN Chief to Help Arrange for Aid to Yemen Victims ...
abcnews.go.com 10/10/2016 Military

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More than 140 people were killed and at least 525 more wounded when airstrikes hit an funeral in Sana'a, Yemen on 8 October 2016. The funeral was being held for the father of Houthi interior minster Galal al-Rawishan.
Iran's foreign minister is asking U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to use his "good offices" to arrange for an Iranian aircraft to bring humanitarian supplies to victims of the deadly attack on a funeral home in Yemen's capital and evacuate the injured.
Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed shock Sunday at the "tragic and horrific airstrikes" by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite Houthi rebels on Saturday that killed over 140 people and injured more than 525 according to the U.N.
He said the "horrendous and heinous attack" is "out of thousands" in the past 18 months that have killed or permanently injured thousands of civilians.
Zarif called for Saudi Arabia and coalition supporters to be held accountable "for the war crimes perpetrated in Yemen over the past year and a half."
Witnesses of Saturday's airstrike in Sanaa reported multiple civilian casualties at the wake, where hundreds of people had gathered to mourn the death of rebel-appointed Interior Minister Jalal al Rowaishan's father.
In addition to the reported deaths, hundreds of attendees were also wounded in the strike, local health officials said.
At least 20 people lost limbs, according to medical staff at the German Hospital in Sanaa.
The Saudi-led coalition, involving several Arab countries, began a military campaign in Yemen in March 2015 after Houthis -- a minority Shia group supported by Iran -- drove out the US-backed government, led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and took over Sanaa.
The crisis quickly escalated into a multisided war, which allowed al Qaeda and ISIS -- other enemies of the Houthis -- to grow stronger amid the chaos.
The conflict has killed an estimated 10,000 Yemenis and left millions in need of aid, according to the United Nations.
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