Middle East

Iran asks UN chief to help arrange for aid to Yemen victims

  • Lebanese supporters of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group hold up placards during a protest to show their solidarity with Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in front the United Nations headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.  Arabic on placards read, "Peolple of Yemen are unjustly treated, we are with you." (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese supporters of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group hold up placards during a protest to show their solidarity with Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in front the United Nations headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Arabic on placards read, "Peolple of Yemen are unjustly treated, we are with you." (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese supporters of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group hold placards as they shout slogans against Saudi Arabia and the U.S. during a protest to show their solidarity with Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in front the United Nations headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Arabic on the placards reads, "The children of Yemen are more dear than your thrones." (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese supporters of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group hold placards as they shout slogans against Saudi Arabia and the U.S. during a protest to show their solidarity with Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in front the United Nations headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Arabic on the placards reads, "The children of Yemen are more dear than your thrones." (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Lebanese supporter of the Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah group, holds a placard during a protest to show their solidarity with Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in front the United Nations headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    A Lebanese supporter of the Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah group, holds a placard during a protest to show their solidarity with Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in front the United Nations headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

Iran's foreign minister is asking U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to use his "good offices" to arrange for an Iranian aircraft to bring humanitarian supplies to victims of the deadly attack on a funeral home in Yemen's capital and evacuate the injured.

Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed shock Sunday at the "tragic and horrific airstrikes" by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite Houthi rebels on Saturday that killed over 140 people and injured more than 525 according to the U.N.

He said the "horrendous and heinous attack" is "out of thousands" in the past 18 months that have killed or permanently injured thousands of civilians.

Zarif called for Saudi Arabia and coalition supporters to be held accountable "for the war crimes perpetrated in Yemen over the past year and a half."