The vice president of the Iranian chief of staff, Brigadier General Massoud Gazaery, has warned the US and Saudi Arabia against stopping an Iranian ship carrying aid to Yemen.
Gazaery warned that such action will be akin to "setting a fire that would be beyond the control of the United States and Saudi Arabia."
The General told Al-Alam TV channel that if the Iranian aid ship does not reach Yemen, his country will have to resort to other options which will be announced in a timely manner, asserting that "the Iranian patience has its limits."
He also compared Saudi policies in Yemen to the policies of the Israeli occupation in Palestine, calling on human rights defenders to "wake up from their slumber" and stressing on the need to expedite the delivery of aid to Yemen.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Mardya Afkham, confirmed that her country will not permit the inspection of the ship by the countries participating in the war in support of the military operation in Yemen states (i.e. Saudi Arabia and the US).
Afkham expressed her hope that the aid reaches the people of Yemen at the earliest time possible in cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
The official Iranian news agency, IRNA news, announced that Iranian warships will accompany the Iranian aid ship Shahd on its way to Yemen. In reaction to this announcement, the US administration called on Tehran to send the aid through the United Nations as an alternative to sending warships.