Iran agrees aid ship to Yemen be inspected
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 20
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's cargo ship carrying humanitarian aids will be inspected in Djibouti before berthing in Yemen.
The ship will be inspected by the UN in Djibouti and then will continue its way to Yemen 's Hodeida port, the Islamic Republic's semi-official Fars news agency reported May 20.
Iran was earlier opposing inspections, saying Tehran would not permit the countries involved in the Yemen civil war to inspect its cargo ship.
Meanwhile 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 aid to the Yemeni people after coordination with the United Nations via Djibouti like all other aid donator countries.
The cargo ship, which reportedly carries 2500 metric tons of food and drug, 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.
The ship was scheduled to arrive at the port of Hodeida on May 21.
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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