0449 GMT August 20, 2019
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi on Friday strongly condemned Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes on Yemen’s capital Sana'a, which claimed the lives of several civilians, according to Foreign Ministry’s official website.
"Those countries which have supported the invading forces in Yemen by providing them with destructive arms and bombs are complicit in these crimes and must be held accountable," Mousavi added, IRNA reported.
"We urge international bodies and human rights organizations to act according to their responsibilities and stop such crimes from happening again by any means possible," he said.
At least seven civilians were killed in the Saudi air raids. Four of the victims were from one family. Dozens of others were also wounded in the attacks, Press TV reported.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs later said that five children died as a result of the airstrike.
An AFP correspondent reported seeing one residential building completely reduced to rubble, with residents using bare hands in a desperate search for survivors.
The residents chanted "Death to America, death to Israel" as they found the body of a child, the AFP reported.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman also on Friday rejected accusations by Saudi Arabia that Tehran had ordered an attack on Saudi oil installations claimed by Houthi fighters.
"You're still deluded after 1,500 days, isn't that enough?," Mousavi said on his Twitter account, referring to the length of the Yemen war.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, including the United Arab Emirates, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of ex-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power.
The war has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN said in a report in December 2018 that over 24 million Yemenis were in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.
The war led to a major surge of Western arms exports to Saudi Arabia, which depends greatly on foreign arms and military support in the war.