Iran condemns airstrikes in Yemen carried out by Saudi-led coalition

TEHRAN: Iran has condemned the Saudi-led coalition's recent air assaults on Yemen, calling on the UN to hold the perpetrators accountable for "the heinous move." The remarks were made by Kazem Gharibabadi, the Secretary-General of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, in a letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, according to the Iranian semi-official Fars news agency.

According to reports, Gharibabadi, who is also the Iranian Judiciary Chief's Deputy for International Affairs, the Friday raids on a jail in Yemen killed 100 prisoners and injured 260 others. The coalition airstrikes occurred in reaction to prior attacks in Yemen by the Iran-backed Houthi movement with missiles and armed drones on targets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to Gharibabadi, the "coalition of aggression" carried out 839 bombings against Yemeni citizens and their homes, as well as the country's infrastructure, in January alone.

Since March 2015, the Saudi-led Arab coalition has participated in Yemen's war, intending to help President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who was forced into exile after Houthi rebels captured control of most northern provinces, including Yemen's capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

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