Iran studies deportation of its aid plane for Yemen from Djibouti
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran is studying the issue of returning its cargo plane carrying humanitarian aids to Yemen from Djibouti, Amir Mohsen Ziyaee, Managing Director of Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said.
It seems that the plane was not permitted to land in Djibouti due to lack of capacity for accepting the aids, Ziyaee said, Iran's Fars news agency reported May 23.
However the main reason is under study and will be made public soon, Ziyaee said.
The official also touched upon the issue of Iran's cargo ship which is berthed in Yemen, saying the local officials has announced that the process of unloading the humanitarian aids from the ship needs at least two days, while the country does not have the capacity to accept the quantity of the goods.
The Iranian aid ship docked in Djibouti on May 22, where its cargo will be inspected by the United Nations before being moved to Yemen.
Tehran agreed this week to allow an international inspection of the vessel, the Iran Shahed, averting a potential showdown with Saudi-led forces who are enforcing searches of ships entering Yemeni ports to stop arms reaching Houthi rebels.
The Islamic Republic was earlier opposing inspections, saying Tehran would not permit the countries involved in the Yemen civil war to inspect its cargo ship.
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.
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