TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned recent deadly Saudi airstrikes on “the defenseless people” of Yemen, saying that the Riyadh regime is seeking to make up for its defeats in the Arab country by killing civilians.  

In a statement on Tuesday evening, Qassemi decried Saudi airstrikes on a market in Taiz on Tuesday as well as relentless attacks on civilian targets in different Yemeni cities over the past few days, which killed and injured dozens of innocent people, including women and children, and called for an immediate halt to the attacks.

“During more than a thousand days since the beginning of the devastating war on (Yemen), Saudi Arabia has shown that whenever it faces failure and defeat in battlefields and operational areas, it seeks to take revenge by bombarding the defenseless people and killing innocent women and children,” he noted.

“It is regrettable and surprising that these crazy attacks conducted with fatal American arms do not draw the reaction of those who claim (to be advocates of human rights and innocent people),” the spokesman said.

At least 71 civilians have been killed in air raids carried out in two days by a Saudi-led military coalition targeting Houthi forces in Yemen, media reports said on Tuesday.

Saudi warplanes struck a crowded popular market in the southwestern province of Taiz, killing over 40 people. On Monday several airstrikes rained down on the capital, Sana’a, killing at least 11 people, including three children and two women.