Djibouti denies Iranian ‘aid’ plane permission to land

Djibouti denies Iranian ‘aid’ plane permission to land
UN aid cargo is marshaled in Djibouti for delivery to Yemen. (File image: AFP, Mohammed Huwais)

An Iranian Red Crescent plane carrying 20 tonnes of food for war-torn Yemen was prevented from landing in Djibouti, where the UN has a relief hub, official media said Saturday.

“Despite coordination with the United Nations and the World Food Programme, the plane was not granted permission to land in Djibouti,” the state run IRNA news agency said quoting a Red Crescent official.

The unnamed official said the plane was now in Shabahar, in southeastern Iran, awaiting “the authorisation of the foreign affairs ministry” of Djibouti. …

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of arming the Huthi rebels, but Tehran denies the charge and says it is helping in Yemen by opposing air strikes and providing aid.

In April Saudi warplanes prevented an Iranian plane, which Tehran said carried aid for Yemen, from landing in the rebel-held capital Sanaa.

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