“A ship [allegedly] carrying a 12-member medical team from Iran as well as over 100 tons of the country’s aid comprising medicine and medical equipment was dispatched to Yemen on Wednesday morning,” IRCS Deputy Managing Director Seyed Reza Rais Karami told reporters on Wednesday.
The ship is protected by warships from Iran’s 34th naval group.
Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier-General Massoud Jazzayeri warned that any attack on “the Iranian Red Crescent aid ship will spark war in the region. And this fire may not be put out or brought under control.”
“The US and Saudi Arabia should know that Iran’s self-restraint has a limit,” he told the Arabic-language TV Alalam, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham gave the same warning. “The countries involved in war against Yemen are no way allowed to inspect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ship which is carrying humanitarian aid,” Afkham said in an interview with the state-run TV on Wednesday.
“The US is an accomplice to the war criminals by supporting genocide in Yemen and the Iranian people’s food and drug aid is a humanitarian move to soothe the oppressed Yemeni people’s pains,” a statement by the Iranian defense ministry said on Wednesday, Fars reported.
Why anyone would think these people would submit to any nuclear inspections is perplexing.
In Washington, US Army Col. Steve Warren said the US was monitoring the cargo ship and he warned that it would not be helpful if Iran is “planning some sort of stunt.” He wants them to send the vessel to Djibouti where humanitarian efforts are being coordinated for Yemen.
State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke, in a typically weak statement, said we are “certainly” tracking them and will “discourage any provocative actions”.
The Iranian kidnapping of a Marshall Islands ship was the trial run and the U.S.’s weak reaction had emboldened them. If you remember, one of the first things we did was check with lawyers and announce we didn’t have to defend them.
Meanwhile Khamenei continues to threaten our ally Saudi Arabia. [They currently ignore President Obama along with Egypt and Jordan who are fighting for their very existence while we cavort with Iran.]
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) May 13, 2015