Tehran denounces Anglo-American strikes in Yemen as violation of international law

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25th February 2024 – (Tehran) In a strident censure emanating from Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani decried the recent military strikes on Yemen’s capital by U.S. and British forces. The official rebuke, articulated in a statement on the ministry’s website, characterised the offensive as a breach of international norms and an affront to Yemen’s sovereignty.

Kanaani’s statement castigated the late-night aerial assault on Sanaa, labelling it as capricious and indicting the United States and Britain for perpetuating a cycle of conflict at odds with global peace efforts. The Iranian spokesman indicted the Western powers for abetting Israeli actions in Gaza and the West Bank, accusing them of placing Israeli security concerns above international stability.

The statement further suggested that by executing such assaults, the U.S. and Britain were exacerbating regional tensions, fuelling the flames of war, and attempting to distract from Israel’s military actions by providing them with cover to continue their disputed operations in Palestinian territories.

Kanaani forewarned that these types of aggressive endeavours would only serve to amplify instability and insecurity across the Middle East.

Eyewitness accounts from the ground in Yemen reported multiple missile impacts at the Al-Siyanah Military Camp, situated to the north of Sanaa’s central district. The attacks, which reportedly set off substantial explosions and fires, also targeted military installations to the south of the capital and an additional encampment on an easterly mountain.

U.S. sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, informed media outlets that the Anglo-American strikes were a response to the Houthi rebel group’s escalated maritime offensives in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. The sources revealed that approximately 18 sites had been hit in what marked the fourth joint operation against the Houthis since 12th January.

The Houthi faction has defended its aggressive posture as a gesture of solidarity with the Palestinian cause, aiming to compel Israel and its allies to cease hostilities in Gaza.