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Iran FM Underlines Failure of Saudi Attempts against Iran in Mecca Meeting

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that Saudi Arabia has failed to rally support in its anti-Iran quest through the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference in Mecca.

“Saudi Arabia’s attempts in the region to form a coalition against Iran and Yemen in Mecca meeting will fail,” Zarif said in Tehran on Monday.

He added that the Yemeni people will certainly win over the Saudi-led coalition which has attacked the country, and said, “Today, supporting Yemen is the responsibility of all of us.”

Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Sudan, launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. Around 20,000 people have died since the war began, says Yemen’s Health Ministry.

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations (UN) has said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia’s deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.

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