Iran Revolutionary Guard chief: Saudi Arabia following in footsteps of Israel

Mohammad Ali Jafari lashes out at Saudis for continued military campaign against Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 27, 2015 12:50
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Mohammad Ali Jafari

Mohammad Ali Jafari. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Saudi Arabia is a betrayer who is “following in the footsteps of Israel and the Zionists,” the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Monday.

Maj.-Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari’s comments came amid the Saudi-led coalition’s military campaign against Iranian- backed Shi’ite Houthi rebels who are trying to take over Yemen.

“Today, Saudi Arabia is brazenly and obnoxiously bombarding and massacring a nation, which is seeking the denial of the hegemonic system,” Press TV quoted Jafari as saying.

Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since the Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against the Houthis who have seized large tracts of the country.

The strikes on Sanaa were the first since the Saudi-led coalition said last week it was scaling back a campaign against the Houthis. But the air raids soon resumed as the Houthis’ nationwide gains had not been notably rolled back, and there has been no visible progress toward peace talks.

Jafari called on Iran’s leadership to confront the Saudis for their continued campaign in Yemen.

“Now that the attacks have been launched, no considerations should be shown.”

Reuters contributed to this report.


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