Iran: 200 million Euro embezzlement uncovered
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and UN World Food Program (WFP) said they were preparing convoys packed with food and medical supplies for suffering populations in the towns of Madaya, al-Foua and Kefraya.
As Syria reels from war, a six-month-long blockade of Madaya by the Syrian army and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, has trapped about 40,000 residents now enduring a harsh winter.
Further north, the villages of al-Foua and Kefraya, in the Idlib governorate, are home to some 20,000 residents under siege by armed opposition groups.
Twenty-three people have died of starvation in Madaya since Dec.1 at health centers supported by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)or Doctors without borders, the global medical aid group said.
Siege warfare has been used in Syria “in a ruthlessly coordinated and planned manner” with the aim of “forcing a population, collectively, to surrender or suffer starvation,” a UN commission of inquiry has said.
The decision at a SAFF executive meeting comes days after individual clubs refused to travel to Iran for safety reasons when the competition kicks off next month.
The Iranian regime's Bassiji forces raided Saudi's embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad last Sun. Jan. 3 setting the buildings on fire. Many Arab and North African countries including Saudi Arabia has either condemned this attack or have cut ties with Iranian regime. The attack on Saudi's embassy was condemned at the UN security Council also. The Iranian regime's attempt failed on Oct. 11, 2011 to assassin Saudi's foreign Minister on US soil.
Iranian regime even filed a complaint to the UN Security Council accusing the Saudis of deliberately hitting its mission. But the Saudi military was quick to dismiss the allegation as false and baseless.
Later on Friday and after the scandalous embassy bombing accusation proved to be nothing but a deceptive tactic, the Iranian regime tried to remedy the situation by sending the deputy foreign minister to the scene to say that the missile had hit the buildings adjacent to the embassy and not the embassy building itself.
The White House spokesman, Josh Ernest was quoted by the German DPA news agency that Iranian regime’s claim are contradicting.
“The country is entangled in a special economic and political situation that demands serious action,” said Eshaq Jahangiri, who is top deputy to the regime’s President Hassan Rouhani . “We are facing three important challenges with unemployment being prominent among them.”
Jahangiri expressed concern about the situation and said, “Iran has a large young population. If we are unable to solve their problems, this opportunity will morph into a threat.”
“The government’s development budget should be 70,000 billion tomans, but this budget for the current year is around 30,000 billion tomans. We have a budget deficit of 280,000 billion tomans and we need to fill this gap with foreign resources,” he added.