Sputnik News Posted Wed., May 13, 2015
The deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces warned on Tuesday that Iran would retaliate in force against any country, which attacks an Iranian ship heading to Yemen with humanitarian aid cargo on board.
“Attacking the Iranian Red Crescent aid ship will spark war in the region”, Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri told the Arabic-language TV Alalam.
“The US and Saudi Arabia should know that Iran’s self-restraint has a limit,” he cautioned.
An Iranian ship carrying 2,500 tons of medical supplies, relief workers and peace activists from several countries left the Southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas for Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hudaydah, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has been trying to dispatch humanitarian aid to Yemen by sea and air, but has failed due to Saudi Arabia’s full blockade of the war-ravaged country.
Iran had earlier sent five consignments of humanitarian aid to Yemen, including a total of 69 tons of relief, medical, treatment, and consumer items, the agency reported.
Saudi Arabia launched its bombing campaign against Yemen on March 26 in an attempt to drive out the Shiite Houthi militants who seized power in Yemen, and to reinstate the fugitive President Mansour Hadi.
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Vatican Signs Treaty Recognizing Palestine As A State. Israel Disappointed
International Business Times By Lora Moftah Posted Wed., May 13, 2015
The Vatican announced Wednesday it concluded a treaty to formally recognize Palestine as a state, a move that has sparked criticism from Israel, which argues that it hinders the peace process.
The announcement that the Vatican has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine is a symbolic but significant part of broader international efforts to legitimize Palestinian statehood.
The Vatican confirmed the move through its spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, who said Wednesday, “Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists.” The Vatican, which is itself a nation state, previously welcomed the Palestinian statehood bid in 2012, but a new treaty formalizes the Holy See’s diplomatic recognition of the state.
The treaty “will be submitted to the respective authorities for approval ahead of setting a date in the near future for the signing,” according to a statement by a joint commission of Palestinian and Vatican officials.
Israeli officials responded that it was “disappointed” by the move. “This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations,” Israel’s foreign ministry said, in comments reported by the Associated Press.
“Israel will study the agreement and will consider its steps accordingly.”