Resumption of Saudi Strikes on Yemen Denounced

Resumption of Saudi Strikes on Yemen DenouncedResumption of Saudi Strikes on Yemen Denounced

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi strongly condemned a new wave of bombing of Yemen's residential areas and civilians by Saudi jets, calling for an international response to such crimes against humanity.

In comments on Tuesday, Qasemi deplored the inaction of the United Nations Security Council and organizations claiming to advocate human rights on Saudi Arabia's crimes against the people of Yemen, saying the muted response has encouraged Riyadh to continue to devastate Yemen's infrastructure, kill civilians and maintain a blockade on the country which is in need of humanitarian aid, Tasnim News Agency reported.

He called on the UN and countries arming the Saudi military to take effective steps to end the attacks on Yemen and ensure the safety of civilians, particularly women and children.

More than a dozen people have been killed in Yemen after the Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes on the capital Sana'a, following the collapse of UN-brokered peace talks.

In the first such attacks since April 11—when an often-violated ceasefire was put in place—Saudi-led jets bombed a potato chip factory in the capital's Nahda district on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people working there, mostly women.

Since last March, Saudi Arabia has launched airstrikes to reinstate the fugitive president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and counter the advance of Houthi fighters.

More than 6,000 people have died, including thousands of civilians and children, according to the UN.

The UN child protection agency UNICEF has said more than 1,100 children were confirmed to have died since the conflict began last year.