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FM spox: US blocks aids to Iran floodhit people

Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the US has blocked Red Crescent's accounts and hampered issuing humanitarian aids from other countries to Iranian floodstricken people.

Speaking to IRNA on Tuesday, Bahram Qasemi said that due to Red Crescent banking blockade, no foreign or Iranian nationals outside Iran will be able to send aids to floodstricken people.

He added that the US act which happened on the occasion of the anniversary of its withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an indication of US officials' antipopular approach which is in contrast with their ridiculous slogans and claims saying sanctions are not against the Iranian people, but in favor of them.

Normally, all banking systems will not be blocked even in difficult and emergency conditions and sending humanitarian aids will be possible through International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Qasemi said, adding that the US in an inhumane and cruel approach has blocked all humanitarian assistance to floodhit people.

He went on to say that rescue organizations like ICRC and Hilal Ahmar have recently announced that they are not able to issue their aids to Iranian Red Crescent Society.

It seems that the US is after blocking humanitarian aids to Iran, he reiterated.

Qasemi urged the international community and the global rescue organizations to stand against US brutal act.

Referring to heavy losses inflicted on Iranians in floodstricken provinces, Qasemi said domestic rescue bodies are trying to reduce losses, but no foreign aids have so far been received.

It is necessary for the international bodies to take urgent acts, especially now that lack of equipment like choppers is tangible, Qasemi noted.

Qasemi underlined the fact that the US should be accountable for all consequences of its act to impede ending humanitarian aids to Iranian floodstricken people.

He noted that Iran's brave people will pass these incidents and damages by their high spirit and with cooperation between government and people.

Earlier, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer criticized politicizing humanitarian aids, saying sanctions have hindered issuance of assistances.

'Human dignity is disregarded, the applicability of the law Is questioned, humanitarian aid is politicized and deliberately hijacked for political gain or to control populations. Terrorist attacks, indiscriminate by nature, are destroying the very notion of proportionality, precaution and distinction, which are at the core of behaviour in combat,' he said addressing the UNSC meeting.

Meanwhile earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account @realDonaldTrump 's 'maximum pressure'�flouting UNSC Res 2231 & ICJ ruling�is impeding aid efforts by #IranianRedCrescent to all communities devastated by unprecedented floods. Blocked equipment includes relief choppers.

Unprecedented heavy rains caused floods in various parts of Iran over the past two weeks. Scores of people were killed and injured and a large number were displaced across Iran.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA


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