Baku, Azerbaijan, May 19
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian cargo ship carrying humanitarian aids to Yemen has arrived the Gulf of Aden on its way to the Yemeni port of Hodeida .
The cargo ship is going ahead under support of the Iran's 34th naval fleet, which is present in the Gulf of Aden and the Strait of Bab el-Mandab.
Yhe ship is scheduled to arrive at the port of Hodeida on May 21, Iran 's official IRIB news agency reported May 19.
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition and Yemeni government have announced that will not permit the ship to enter Yemen waters before inspections.
The UN also has urged Iran to send its aids to Yemeni people after coordination with the United Nations via Djibouti like all other aid donator countries.
Meanwhile Iran has emphasized that it will not permit the countries involved in the Yemen civil war to inspect its cargo ship.
Earlier Saudi Arabia 's military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri said that Saudi forces have the right to inspect the Iranian aid ship before it reaches a Yemeni port.
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri has threatened that attacking the Iranian aid ship will "ignite the flames of war" in the region.
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition has imposed an air and naval blockade on Yemen as part of its campaign to oust the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who have taken most of the country and forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Riyadh.
Saudi fighter jets have prevented Iranian planes from entering Yemeni airspace in recent weeks. Iran says that the planes were carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen. Saudi Arabia accuses the country of providing military support to the Yemeni Shiite rebels.
Edited by CN
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