News ID: 206141
Published: 0407 GMT December 13, 2017

Zarif calls for int’l efforts to end Yemen “nightmare”

Zarif calls for int’l efforts to end Yemen “nightmare”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for a collective international effort to end the “nightmare” of war in impoverished Yemen, rejecting a military solution to the conflict in the Arab country.

On his official Twitter account on Wednesday, the top Iranian diplomat expressed Tehran’s readiness to contribute to any efforts towards an immediate cease-fire, delivery of humanitarian aid and an intra-Yemeni dialogue aimed at ending the conflict in the country, Press TV reported.  

Saudi Arabia and a coalition of its allies have been pounding Yemen since March 2015 in a bid to bring back to power the former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, and undermine the Houthi movement.

On Wednesday, over 50 people were killed and more than 80 others wounded as Saudi fighter jets step up airstrikes against the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, and other cities.

In addition to airstrikes, the Saudi-led military coalition has also imposed a blockade on Yemen, with the United Nations warning that 8.4 million Yemenis are a step away from famine.

“We will have a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe of a much larger magnitude than we currently face if commercial vessels carrying food and fuel can’t get in. It will be beyond the control of the humanitarian community,” Stephen Anderson, Yemen country director for the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), said on Tuesday.

“We are trying to help prevent a famine from occurring,” he added.

Yemen is also suffering from an outbreak of cholera, with children making up nearly a third of infections of the waterborne disease.

Some 960,000 suspected cases of cholera and 2,219 deaths have been reported since the epidemic began in April, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization.

More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the campaign. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country's infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

UN-brokered talks between Yemen’s warring sides have failed to end the conflict so far.

   
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