Yemen-bound aid ship docks in Djibouti

2015-05-23 08:42
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London - An Iranian aid ship has docked in Djibouti, where its cargo will be inspected by the United Nations before being moved to conflict-torn Yemen, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The agency said: "The ship's cargo will be inspected by the international organisation and will then be transported to Yemen."

Tehran agreed this week to allow an international inspection of the vessel, the Iran Shahed, averting a potential showdown with Saudi-led forces who are enforcing searches of ships entering Yemeni ports to stop arms reaching Houthi rebels.

Tents and blankets

Shi'ite power Iran backs the dominant Houthi militia in Yemen's civil war while regional arch-rival Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Muslim allies have carried out almost two months of air raids against them and want Yemen's president reinstated.

Tehran has rejected Saudi accusations it is arming Houthi fighters.

The ship had originally been bound for the Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodaida, which is controlled by the Houthis, but its aid cargo will now be delivered by the World Food Programme, the UN agency said.

Etefa said the WFP had been told the 2 500 ton cargo included supplies of rice, water, flour, canned fish, medicine, water, tents and blankets.
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