Saudi Arabia's invasion of Yemen unwise, illegitimate: Hezbollah
Iran Press TV
Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:54PM
The Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, has slammed as "unwise" and "illegitimate" Saudi Arabia's invasion of Yemen.
"Hezbollah strongly condemns the US-Saudi aggression targeting the brotherly people of Yemen and the national army and vital installations," a statement from Hezbollah's media office said on Thursday.
The condemnation by the Lebanese resistance movement came after warplanes of the Saudi Air Force bombed the positions of the Ansarullah fighters and launched attacks against the Sana'a International Airport and a nearby military air base early on Thursday. Based on early reports, 18 civilians have been killed in the airstrikes.
Hezbollah further warned of the repercussions of the Saudi invasion, "which lacks wisdom and rationale and legal legitimacy,... [and] is moving the region towards more tensions and risks."
The Saudi invasion of Yemen drew condemnation from many countries such as Iran, Russia, Iraq and Syria.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Saudi Arabia to immediately cease its military aggression against Yemen.
Speaking to Press TV on the situation in Yemen on Thursday, he said, 'We believe that the situation in Yemen is a very dangerous situation and we advise against any escalation because we believe that any interference in Yemen will simply lead to further loss of human life as it has since this morning.
Stressing the need for promoting dialog in the Arab country, he said, "We believe that there is an urgent need for dialog, for understanding among the Yemenis without external interference and that's what we hope we get.'
Russia censures Saudi aggression
Russian Foreign Ministry has also slammed Saudi Arabia's aggression against its southern neighbor.
"Such a scenario cannot lead to the conflict's settlement by definition," said Alexander Lukashevich, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman, on Thursday as cited in an Interfax report.
The Russian official warned the United States and other countries backing the Saudi operation of its serious consequences for regional security.
"This is a very serious threat to regional security while the conflict in Syria hasn't been settled and conflict areas exist actually throughout the entire region of the Middle East and North Africa," Lukashevich said at a news briefing in Moscow.
"The armed methods of resolving internal Yemeni problems are categorically unacceptable," he added.
The European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, (pictured below) also raised concerns about the situation in Yemen, saying the airstrikes risk causing "serious regional consequences."
"The latest events in Yemen have dramatically worsened the already fragile situation in the country and risk having serious regional consequences," Mogherini said in a statement.
Along the same line, Syria and Iraq condemned the Saudi raid with the Syrian Foreign Ministry calling for respect for Yemen's sovereignty.
Despite Riyadh's claims that it is attacking Ansarullah positions, Saudi warplanes have flattened a number of homes near the Sana'a International Airport.
The blatant invasion of Yemen's sovereignty by the Saudi government comes against a backdrop of total silence on the part of international bodies, especially the United Nations. The world body has so far failed to show any reaction whatsoever to violation of the sovereignty of one of its members by Riyadh.
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