Iranian aid ship passes Oman, nears Yemen coast
Iran’s Nejat ship with its cargo of humanitarian aid for Yemen has passed Oman and reached the coast of the war-torn country.
According to Press TV, Iran Shahed, carrying 2,500 tons of food and medical supplies passed Oman on Saturday and could now face threats from al-Qaeda Takfiri terrorists and pirates in the area.
The aid ship left the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas on May 11 and is set to dock at Yemen’s western port Hudaydah on Thursday.
In addition to the crew members, the ship is carrying a number of volunteer doctors as well as international activists and media personnel.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on May 14 said Iran has coordinated with the UN to prepare the ground for the ship to dock at a port in Yemen.
Riyadh has already blocked earlier Iranian aid deliveries to Yemen. Last month, it prevented two Iranian civilian planes from delivering medical aid and foodstuff to the impoverished people.