UNSC condemns terrorist attack on Iranian embassy in Yemen

The United Nations Security Council condemned the Wednesday morning terrorist attack on the residence of Tehran's ambassador to Sana'a.

The UNSC member-states condemned all acts of violence against diplomatic premises, which endanger innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of diplomatic representatives and officials.

The UNSC members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to the international peace and security, and said that any act of terrorism is criminal and unjustifiable regardless of its motivation, wherever and whenever and committed by whomsoever.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Yemeni authorities in this regard.

The blast punched a large hole in the building and sent rubble flying across the street of the well-guarded diplomatic quarter of the city, a Reuters witness said.

According to Reuters, Yemeni soldiers and paramedics arrived at the scene with stretchers. The Reuters report quoted Abdullah Mahmoud, a soldier, as claiming that Yemeni and Iranian guards had been killed and a paramedic at the scene said three dead bodies and three wounded had been taken from the area. It was not immediately clear whether the ambassador was in the residence at the time of the blast, the Reuters report added.

But a few hours later, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham dismissed the reports that the guards at the ambassador's residence had been killed in the suicide blast, and said all Iranian embassy staff members were in good health.

"All the staff members of the Iranian embassy in Sana'a are healthy and unhurt by the blast near the Iranian embassy (which is near to the ambassador's residence) in Yemen," Afkham said in her weekly press conference in Tehran.