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Iran calls for soonest resolution of crisis in Yemen — Russian lawmaker

April 13, 2015, 15:11 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Alexey Pushkov says Iranian official expresses confidence that it is necessary to urgently look for ways of settling the Yemeni crisis to prevent it from turning into a protracted military conflict
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Smoke rising following an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led alliance, in Sana’a, Yemen

Smoke rising following an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led alliance, in Sana’a, Yemen

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MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. Iran has called for soonest resolution of the crisis in Yemen which can turn into a prolonged military conflict, Russian State Duma’s Committee on International Affairs chairman Alexey Pushkov told journalists on Monday after a meeting with Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran Alaeddin Boroujerdi.

"Boroujerdi has expressed confidence that it is necessary to urgently look for ways of settling the Yemeni crisis to prevent it from turning into a protracted military conflict," Pushkov said.

"They [Iranians] think that this topic should receive more attention in the UN, in the UN Security Council, that this is one of the crises that can turn into a protracted and extremely dangerous crisis, if not stopped now," the lawmaker said, adding that he fully agrees with this opinion.

Crisis in Yemen

Since August 2014, Yemen has been hit by a severe political and security crisis. In late January, the armed groups of Ansar Allah (Houthi rebels) forced the president and the government to announce resignation.

The rebels later took control of the country’s capital and several northern provinces. They also announced the adoption of the so-called constitutional declaration.

Overnight to March 26, Saudi Arabia launched a military operation in the neighboring country and delivered air strikes at several Houthi positions. The coalition was later joined by Bahrein, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Sudan.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbah Mansur Hadi fled the country to Saudi Arabia.

Houthi rebels are currently fighting pro-government forces over control of Yemen’s second-largest city of Aden. The coalition is currently considering launching a ground operation in Yemen to oust Houthis.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. The World Health Organization said that 643 people were killed in the conflict and 2,226 more injured as of April 6. The crisis in the Persian Gulf country has affected around 15.9 million people. More than 254,000 people fled the country, while 334,000 were internally displaced.

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