Iran transfers injured Yemenis to Tehran

Politics Materials 23 March 2015 12:25 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 23

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iran has transferred at least 50 Yemenis injured in the recent terror attacks in Sanaa to Tehran for treatment Iran's official IRNA news agency reported March 23.

At least 137 people were killed and 357 wounded, after suicide attacks on two mosques frequented by Shiite rebels in Yemen's capital city of Sanaa during Friday prayers on March 20.

An Iranian plane transferred a 13-metric ton consignment of the Islamic Republic's humanitarian aid and medicine to Yemen and picked the injured people on its way back to Tehran on March 23, morning.

Iran has already sent several aid cargo shipments to Yemen after the Shiite Houthi rebel group - Ansarullah took control of the government and the capital city. The first Iranian flight landed in Sanaa on March 1, a day after officials from the Shia-controlled city signed an aviation agreement with Tehran.

The Ansarullah group, whose power base is in the main Shiite northern highlands, overran Sanaa unopposed last September.

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi managed to escape Sanaa and house arrest at the hands of the rebels on Feb. 21. Hadi has established a base in the southern city of Aden, from where he says he is still the country's rightful ruler.

Earlier in March, a governmental delegation from Yemen headed by Saleh al-Samad, head of Ansarullah movement's political council, who was accompanied by officials from different Yemeni ministries, as well as economic experts, visited Tehran and discussed mutual cooperation with senior Iranian officials.

Last December, Deputy Commander of Iran's IRGC, Hussein Salami said the balance of power in the region is changed in Iran's favor.

Salami said that the Yemeni Ansarullah group moves in accordance with the Islamic Revolution (1979) within Iran's geopolitical space. In his similar statements, Iran's former foreign minister, Ali Akbar Velayati said mid-December that the Islamic Republic's current influence spreads from Yemen to Lebanon.

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