Riyad Alhassan: Assad Regime Seeks to Flood the Region & Europe with More Refugees

Secretary of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Riyad Alhassan said that the Assad regime’s refusal to implement humanitarian provisions set out in the UN Security Council resolution 2254 is the prime cause for the ongoing flow of refugees to neighboring countries and Europe.

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, Alhassan said that millions of Syrians have been displaced because of the constant bombardment by the Assad regime on liberated cities and towns. He pointed out that Articles 12 and 13 of UNSC resolution 2254 clearly called for stopping indiscriminate bombing of civilians, lifting the blockades on besieged areas, allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need, and releasing detainees.

At least 64 civilians, including 10 women and 13 children, were killed in aerial bombardment by the Assad regime and Russian forces on rebel-held areas across Syria on Sunday. The victims included 37 civilians who were killed in Aleppo, which continues to bear the brunt of the Assad regime’s and Russia’s aerial attacks.

Alhassan ascribed the increasing flow of refugees to plans by the Assad regime, backed by Iran, to bring about demographic change in Syria through the systematic displacement of the population of entire areas.

Alhassan reiterated the Coalition’s calls for the resumption of the Geneva negotiations as soon as possible to bring about a political solution in Syria through the formation of a transitional governing body with full powers and the stepping down of Bashar al-Assad as the only way to stop the killing, destruction and displacement in Syria.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 20.06.2016)

The death of 792 Individuals Due to the Syrian Regime’s and ISIS’s Siege of Civilian-populated cities

The Responsibility of the United Nations for the siege of civilians in Syria

Siege of Civilian-populated

SNHR issued a research of “the responsibility of the United Nations for the siege of civilians in Syria” which documented the death of 792 individuals due to the siege in all areas by the Syrian regime and ISIS.
The report methodology depended on the accumulated data since 2011 until now as a result of daily observation from SNHR team for the displacement caused by the bombardment and destruction, and through the network of relationships with local communities, medical and media cadres, and the possession of the lists of the victims’ names, photos, and details of the deaths, the names of witnesses and whereabouts. Moreover, SNHR have encountered difficulties that increases every year such as turning off the electricity and telecommunications, threat to security, difficulty of transportation, and the cases of frustration prevailing in the Syrian society.
The report described the siege in Syrian from the definition of the International Humanitarian Law, where the region is considered besieged when the military forces close the crossings, and prevent the accessibility of civilians, the sick people, the food, and medicine.

Fadel Abd Al Ghani, director of SNHR stated:
“The siege has led, in addition to the continuous starvation, bombardment, massacres, and the stoppage of the economical as well as the social life, to the displacement of most of the people in the besieged areas and a number of them paid large amounts of money to smugglers in return for getting out of the “hell”, and this resulted in a change in the structure of these societies continuously, and make it cash free, which leads to the spread of chaos in order to stay Alive; these are some of the objectives of the siege by the Syrian regime, and some of them were implemented up on a sectarian background”.
The report pointed out the consequences of the siege including a murder as the greatest violations among all. Thus, Syrian regime has applied the siege policy systematically, thoughtfully, and for a long-term, depriving the people of entire communities from food and medicine, which caused a serious threat to all those who has chronic diseases. Also, pregnant women suffer the early abortion. A number of children were born and infected with the lack of acute malnutrition and some of them have died so the families were forced to eat plants and pets.
The report documented the death of not less than 558 individuals due to the siege in 14 besieged areas, that are still under siege till now, 552 amongst which were at the hand of government forces and 6 civilians at the hand of ISIS.

According to the report that government forces besieged 11 areas in Syria, while there are 2 areas exposed to joint siege by government forces and ISIS, in addition to one area which exposed to Syrian Democratic Forces( mainly Democratic Union Party, Kurdish Workers party branch).
The report pointed out that the besieged regions exposed to what the regions which are not besieged and out of the regime’s control are exposed to such as bombardment, snipers, targeting using poisonous gases in addition to cluster munitions and barrel bombs as it exposed to not less than 70 attacks using chemical weapons by the government forces while government helicopter dropped not less than 8264 barrel bombs on the besieged areas.
The report recorded the killings of not less than 17145 civilians by the government forces and its allies inside the besieged areas since the beginning of the siege until the moment of making this report.
The report presented the fallacies of the United Nations in the siege case, as the reality in the besieged areas highly contradicts the statistics introduced in the General Secretary report, it is less than three times. Moreover, the areas under siege by the Syrian regime are suffering more than the besieged areas by other parties which it is mainly shown through the bombardment and daily killings processes as well as destruction and massacres.

The report emphasized that there is a lack of equity in the distribution of food aid, where the areas under the control of the Syrian regime take not less than 90% of the total of the aids and this rate was bigger in the previous years. Furthermore, the Syrian regime still requires obtaining its consent to enter the aid to the regions that are besieged and bombarded them and this is an awful paradox.
The report stated that the Syrian regime and ISIS have starkly violated the Humanitarian International Law through exposed the systematic siege of areas which mount to war crime with all its conditions, and assured that the Syrian regime, without any doubt, has violated the resolutions of the security council regarding the siege like the resolution No.2139 which issued on 22 February 2014 and the resolution No.2268 which issued in 22 February 2016, in addition to all resolutions between them (resolution No.2165 which issued on 14 July 2014, the resolution No. 2191 which issued 17 December 2014 and the resolution No. 2258 which issued on 18 December 2015).

The report recommended the United Nations to open comprehensive investigation regarding these allegations and accusations. In the case that the findings of the investigations proved that there was deliberate falsification or incompetency, then it should be publicized and those who were responsible must be held accountable. We urge that this investigation should be launched immediately as the UN credibility have been in doubt for years.
It also demanded the Security Council to apply the resolutions regarding convey of humanitarian aids and to break the siege (the resolutions 2139, 2165, 2191, 2254, 2258) as they are not apply yet.
SNHR called on the secretary of the UN to present a detailed report concerning the besieged areas and their population, how the aids are being distributed and to what areas the aids are being delivered. The report has to published as soon as possible to inform the Syrian community about the details.

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(Source / 19.06.2016)

Syria: Palestinians pay exorbitant money to leave the country

DAMASCUS, (PIC)– Palestinian popular committees and groups have said that the Syrian military authorities do not allow the Palestinian refugee living in their territory to travel outside the country without paying large sums of money. In a statement, those committees and groups explained that each Palestinian refugee, has to pay more than 50,000 Syrian pounds as well as bribes in order to receive a military service deferment and a travel permit. Both the Syrian citizens and the Palestinian refugees cannot travel before they receive a temporary exemption for four months from compulsory military service, according to a diktat issued by the recruiting administration of the Syrian regime. According to activists, military police officers and armed men loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Asad deployed at checkpoints outside Damascus recently arrested several Palestinian and Syrian young men who did not have military service deferments.

(Source / 19.06.2016)

UK Insists on Progress in File of Detainees in Assad’s Prisons

President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah has received a letter from Britain’s Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood detailing the UK’s position on the file of detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime.

Ellwood reiterated that his country’s government insists on making progress in this file and on releasing political detainees from Assad’s prisons.

He explained that the United Kingdom is aware of the existence of “widespread use of torture and executions in the regime’s prisons,” a fact that was confirmed by UN reports, including those by the International Commission of Inquiry.

The British minister pledged to work with international partners to expose the regime’s illegal practices against tens of thousands of Syrians, most notably arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances.

The letter came in response to letters previously sent by the Coalition president to the foreign ministers of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) calling for the establishment of a special task force similar to the ones established to monitor the cessation of hostilities agreement and humanitarian access in order to secure the release of all political detainees in Assad’s prisons. The Coalition’s letters also called for exercising pressure on the Assad regime to stop arbitrary arrests and random executions; for the establishment of effective mechanisms to monitor the situation of detainees in Assad’s prisons; and for holding to account all perpetrators of abuses and violations against detainees.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders earlier called for allowing the International Committee of the Red Cross to be able to monitor the situation of detainees in Assad’s prisoners and also raised the need to act urgently to address this file in response to a letter sent by the Coalition’s president Anas Alabdah.

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee previously held several consultative meetings with rights groups and human rights activists concerned with the file of detainees. The meetings resulted in the formation of joint mechanisms to coordinate efforts regarding this file. The political committee appointed Nora Alameer as coordinator to follow up on the latest developments concerning the situation of detainees.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 18.06.2016)

Defeating Assad Brings about Hezbollah’s Downfall

Since its establishment in the early 80s, the Lebanon based militant group known as Hezbollah had yet to suffer the losses it now experiences in Syria. The losses encountered with the Syrian civil war outweigh all those undergone against Israel combined.

With continuous draining of strengths, the most optimistic estimations place Hezbollah’s loss at a thousand members of its elite, while other estimations speak of at least a 3,000 lost.

The so-called Hezbollah bereaved a score of noteworthy military commanders, among which – according to Capitan Matthew Levitt and Nadav Pollak- are: Fawzi Ayoub, a Lebanese-Canadian Hezbollah commander who is also wanted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, killed in Daraa, southwestern Syria; Hassan Hussein al Hajj, another elite commander reportedly killed in Idlib battles, taking place in northwestern Syria, bordering Turkey; Khalil Mohammed Hamed Khalil, another Hezbollah prominent figure reported dead in Homs; Ali Fayad, killed in Aleppo; Hezbollah’s crème de la crème Khalil Ali Hassan, also killed in Aleppo earlier June; last but not least, Hezbollah’s top leader Mustafa Baddreddine reported killed last May. All of the above mentioned had fell at the hands of Syrian opposition fighters or at the hands of other militias in Syria.

Hezbollah had long kept its losses confidential – members killed and which ranks they occupy. The group would only announce its losses at the closest sense of someone else beating it to the punch and publishing such information themselves.

The question posed is that whether the losses suffered will eventually influence Hezbollah’s presence as a local Lebanese force or even as an external annex militia to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)?

Unlike Iran, Hezbollah cannot force recruitment upon Shi’ite youth in Lebanon, nor does the group enjoy the means in persuading the young to join its ranks—knowing that most of the group’s recruitment is devised by exploiting religious content, political publicity and materialistic temptations.

The so-called Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah had promised to terminate all Takfiris in a few months.

However, after the Syrian war stretching on for five years – four of which Hezbollah participated in- would the group still be able to sustain the fight for as long as it may go?

The poorest move taken by the group is that Hezbollah’s exhaustive contribution surpassed the embattlement in Syria; following Iran’s bidding, the group now deploys recruits to Iraq, while already dealing with a state of ongoing alertness in Lebanon.

On another level, Hezbollah expended far more than blood and funds, the group had spent all Arab’s world support, tarnishing its reputation which was built on fighting Israel.

Should the Iranian venture fail in Syria, the lethal aftermath will not be restricted to affect Hezbollah rather than the whole of Lebanon. The group will perceive danger within its supportive sect as well; Hezbollah grew accustomed to justify its defeat by arguing to have thwarted Israeli ultimate goals—such was the case in the war against Israel in 2006!

If Hezbollah fails in Syria, or otherwise keeps getting defeated, the group would be put in a tight domestic situation.

They will be unable to garner the support of Lebanese Shi’ites after having embarked on a frontier so far from home, with an excuse as weak as defending their safety. Fighting on behalf of Iranian interests, had reduced Hezbollah fighters to no other than militias for hire, serving anywhere at any time—fighting in Syria came at a high cost without ensuring promised security.

Going head to head with Israel has become a far catch, especially with Iran landing the nuclear deal with the West. Hezbollah’s weakened military existence also plays a part. Therefore, Hezbollah’s sole argument for existing as an armed militia has been led out of hand and inexplicable to the supporting populous.

Hezbollah enduring as a Lebanese institution is now considerably challenged.

With all that being said and knowing the aftermath it entails beyond Syria and Lebanon, Hezbollah and Iran refuse any solution which removes Bashar Assad from full authority. If Assad is to step down from power, it would translate to Hezbollah’s expiry in Lebanon– In the end, the price Hezbollah paid in Syria is far too steep.

The price paid in Syria is exactly what Hezbollah attempted to dodge in its long confrontation with Israel- which is hiding behind civilians in the name of recovering capacities or luring the attack in.

The foul enactment in Syria had cost Hezbollah each of its reputation, history, popularity, legitimacy, youth and leaders.

(Source / 18.06.2016)

Saudi repeats call for US strikes on Syrian government

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

The Saudi foreign minister has repeated Riyadh’s call on the US to carry out airstrikes against the Syrian government, echoing a similar request by dozens of US diplomats who broke ranks with the White House to push for military action against Damascus.

During a press briefing at the Saudi Embassy in Washington on Friday, Adel al-Jubeir said the Arab monarchy has long been pushing for a US military campaign to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Saudi minister added that from the very start of the crisis in Syria, Riyadh has strongly favored “a more robust policy, including air strikes, safe zones, a no fly zone, a no drive zone.”

He went on to say that the kingdom had called for arming Syria’s so-called “moderate opposition” with ground-to-air missiles and reiterated an offer to deploy Saudi special forces as part of any US-led operation against the Damascus government, which has been making back-to-back gains against the Daesh Takfiri group.

Jubeir’s comments came after 51 US State Department officials signed an internal document, known as the “dissent channel cable”, this week, calling for targeted military strikes against the Syrian government.

“Failure to stem Assad’s flagrant abuses will only bolster the ideological appeal of groups such as Daesh, even as they endure tactical setbacks on the battlefield,” reads the cable, critical of US President Barak Obama’s policies towards the Syrian crisis.

The State Department has acknowledged the existence of the cable as confidential diplomatic communication, but did not comment on its contents.

Russia’s reaction

Meanwhile, Russia slammed the so-called internal document and warned that such attempts to oust Assad would not “contribute to a successful fight against terrorism.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov further said that “this could plunge the region into complete chaos.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov also censured the proposed attacks against Damascus, saying they would be “at odds with the UN resolutions.”

“We need to negotiate and reach a political resolution on the basis of international law, which was agreed upon at the UN Security Council,” Bogdanov added.

The United States and its allies formed a coalition that has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh terrorists inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The coalition has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh.

Daesh Takfiri terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly conflict it blames on certain foreign states for over five years. UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has also displaced over half of the Arab country’s pre-war population of about 23 million. The militancy has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure.

(Source / 17.06.2016)

80 Civilians Killed by Russian Airstrikes on Aleppo despite 48-Hour Truce

The Syrian Coalition said that Russia has lost its credibility as a sponsor of negotiations. The Coalition said that Russia proves day after day it cannot claim to be a guarantor of the political process in Syria as it is directly complicit in the crimes and terrorism perpetrated against the Syrian people.

The Coalition stressed that the latest political developments and the situation on the ground clearly show that every time Russia declares a temporary truce in Syria, it is the first to violate it through airstrikes carried out by its forces or those of the Assad regime.

On Wednesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry declared a 48-hour truce in Aleppo set to begin on Thursday night with the aim of “reducing violence and stabilizing the situation” in the city.

Russian and Regime forces soon violated the truce. Activists said they recorded no fewer than 30 beaches during the first 24 hours. Over 85 civilians were killed in aerial and artillery bombardments by Russian and regime forces on the city of Aleppo and its surrounding towns and villages on Thursday.

Breaches of the 48-hour truce recorded included: 20 by Russian forces, 13 by regime forces, 2 by the PYD militia, and 1 by Iranian-backed foreign militias.

The attacks by the Russian, regime and PYD forces were concentrated on the Castello road, the last supply route into the liberated parts of the city of Aleppo. The road was hit with over 100 missiles. Three civilians, two women and a man, were killed. Many civilian vehicles were burned as a result of the shelling on the road.

Barrel bombs dropped by regime’s helicopters also hit Alsabireen mosque in Jisr Alhaj district, causing huge fire inside the mosque.

Russian jets bombed the towns of Anadan, Khan Touman, Alzorba, Qibtan Aljabal, Kafarnaha, and Babees in rural Aleppo with the internationally-banned phosphorous.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 17.06.2016)

Syrian Coalition & National Coordination Commission Call for P5+1 Engagement to End US & Russia Monopoly over Syrian File

President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah proposed the establishment of a mechanism that would see the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany engage to find a political solution in Syria, ending the monopoly of the United States and Russia over the Syrian file, which has so far impeded efforts to reach tangible results or a political solution.

Alabdah was speaking during a joint press conference with head of the National Coordination Commission Hassan Abdulazim in Brussels on Wednesday following the fourth consultative meeting between the two sides.

Alabdah pointed out that the opposition is waiting for a European response to the proposal, noting that such a mechanism “would put an end to the monopoly of the United States and Russia over the solution in Syria.”

“The European Union foreign ministers are now convinced of the need to play a more active role in the Syrian file,” Alabdah said, adding that “all the European countries are directly affected by the Syrian conflict. No doubt the stability of the Middle East is linked to the stability of Syria.”

Alabdah called upon the European Union to play a greater role in the political process in Syria, pointing out that the EU role in Syria “has been limited to the provision of humanitarian assistance.”

Alabdaha pointed out that 513 civilians, including 57 women and over 200 children, have been killed in Syria in the first ten days of the month of Ramadan. Around 14 vital civilian facilities, such as bakeries and hospitals, have been bombed, while the number of besieged areas across Syria has risen to 50. The Assad regime has not yet lifted any blockade on the areas its forces besiege nor has it released any detainees from its prisons, he added.

“We met here to salvage the political process which the Assad regime seeks to undermine through ignoring UN resolutions and lack of commitment to the Geneva III conference,” Alabdah stressed.

Alabdah also said that the Syrian Coalition and the National Coordination Commission agreed on clear mechanisms to support the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) in order to reach a just political solution and achieve political transition.

For his part, head of the National Coordination Commission Hassan Abdulazim said: “It is our duty to support the joint efforts aimed at the unification of the Syrian opposition in light of the failure of all international efforts to find a solution in Syria. This failure has resulted in more displacement of the Syrian people and also increased the risk of partitioning the country.”

Abdulazim pointed out that the Brussels meeting “has laid the groundwork for the unification of the Syrian opposition across the whole political spectrum and for laying out a common vision within the framework of a national project that preserves Syria’s unity and independence as the basis for the success of the political process.”

The Syrian Coalition and the National Coordination Commission held their fourth series of meetings on 13-15 June in Brussels, hosted by Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Alain Le Roy. Conferees reiterated commitment to a political solution in Syria and stressed the need to intensify efforts to reach such a solution that would put an end to the tragedy unfolding in Syria and achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people.

(Source: Syrian Coalition + Anadolu Agency / 16.06.2016)

Syrian Coalition & National Coordination Commission Reject Foreign Occupation & Intervention in Syria

The Syrian National Coalition and the National Coordination Commission for Democratic Change (NCC) agreed a common vision for a political solution in Syria. Both opposition bodies stressed their rejection of any foreign occupation and intervention in Syria.

This common vision was announced in a joint statement by the two sides at the conclusion of a three-day meeting earlier today in the Belgian capital, Brussels. The meeting, the fourth between the Syrian Coalition and the NCC is part of the opposition’s efforts to reach a common stance and lay out a unified vision for a political solution in Syria.

Both sides reiterated commitment to a political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012, the relevant UN Security Council resolutions on Syria and on national consensus among different components of the Syrian society, including Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Assyrians in order to ensure building an inclusive, democratic, civil state.

The joint statement said: “The conferees believe that all components of the Syrian society were victims of the Assad regime’s criminality and the failure of the international community to provide protection to them, making them vulnerable to chaos, destruction and terrorism in all its forms.”

“Both sides categorically reject any foreign occupation or intervention in Syria,” the statement added.

The statement called on the European Union to play a more active role to support a political solution in Syria; sponsor the negotiating process; enforce international resolutions on Syria; curb the Assad regime’s violence; counter terrorism in all its forms; and help the Syrian refugees resolve the issues facing them.

The statement stressed that the Syrian people, including supporters of the regime, will be free from all political affiliation when the tyrannical murderous regime is toppled and the forces of terrorism and extremism are defeated. It emphasized that fighting terrorism requires ending tyranny and the full mobilization of the Syrian national forces under the leadership of a transitional governing body.

The two sides expressed intention to hold regular meetings and workshops with the participation of representatives of political forces, social components, activists and experts. They also reaffirmed support for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC). They pledged to increase coordination among the Syrian national forces and components and to organize joint visits to the countries dealing with the situation in Syria.

The two sides agreed to develop a common vision to resolve the Kurdish issue while preserving the unity of Syria and ensuring the recognition of the Kurdish national identity and the participation of the Kurdish political and revolutionary forces in establishing a democratic system in Syria.

Both sides renewed condemnation of the horrific massacres taking place in Syria at the hands of Assad and his allies. They also condemned regime plans of mass forced displacement, the besiegement of entire areas and the blocking of food and medicine into these areas, and the continued arrests and enforced disappearances.

The Syrian Coalition and NCC thanked the European Union and the EU External Action Service for supporting the meeting and for helping make it a success.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 15.06.2016)

Iran medics slam ‘Saudi blackmail of UN over Yemen war’

Displaced children play near their family’s tent at a camp for internally-displaced people on the outskirts of Sana’a, Yemen, June 8, 2016. ©AP

Displaced children play near their family’s tent at a camp for internally-displaced people on the outskirts of Sana’a, Yemen, June 8, 2016

Iran’s Academy of Medical Sciences has condemned the United Nations’ recent decision to cave in to pressure by Saudi Arabia over the blacklisting of the Riyadh regime for killing children in Yemen.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday, President of the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences Seyed Alireza Marandi denounced the world body’s silence on the Saudi atrocities against Yemen’s civilian population.

“The United Nations was set up explicitly and primarily to ensure peace and stability. Instead it has become an organization that is enabling and prolonging war,” the letter said.

Earlier this month, the UN blacklisted Saudi Arabia after concluding in a report that the Riyadh was responsible for 60 percent of the 785 deaths of children in Yemen last year.

A few days later, however, the world body announced that Saudi Arabia would be scratched from the list of shame pending a joint review with the kingdom.

The UN chief said he temporarily removed Saudi Arabia from the blacklist because Saudi Arabia’s supporters threatened to stop funding many UN programs.

The letter by the Iranian medics described the blacklisting “a very small but positive move” more than one year after the beginning of the “illegal” Saudi campaign, adding that the move was welcomed by the international community, except the United States and other Saudi allies.

“However, to our utter shock and amazement, less than a week after the listing, the Saudi regime’s name was removed from the list. Most tragic of all was your personal admission that this decision was made after several members threatened to end their donations to the United Nations,” the letter says.

A Yemeni boy carries a ladder in front of buildings that were damaged by Saudi airstrikes in the Old City of Sana’a on March 23, 2016

The medics further called on the UN to reverse its decision and take steps to force the Al Saud regime to end its “criminal war” on Yemen “instead of bending to the blackmail of a few rogue nations.”

They also criticized the Saudi blockade on the impoverished country, preventing medical and food supplies from reaching millions of Yemeni people.

“We believe that the United Nations belongs to all nations, but by your own admission, today wealth and power determine the decision making process in this organization. … It seems that the United Nations has practically admitted the loss of any moral legitimacy,” the letter adds.

The letter is the second such text sent by the Iranian medics to the UN chief over the Saudi war on Yemen.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, 2015, in a bid to reinstate former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured in the Saudi offensive.

(Source / 14.06.2016)