Iran's Lebanese ambassador calls Saudi-led operations in Yemen 'strategic scheme' by Israel

Fathali's remarks mirror those of Hassan Nasrallah who called Riyadh's intervention "unjust, Saudi-American aggression," and blamed the House of Saud for "abandoning" the Palestinians.

March 29, 2015 08:33
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Mohammed Fathali

Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fathali. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Iran's ambassador to Lebanon on Saturday reiterated Tehran's opposition to the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen and condemned the current efforts to stem their seizure of power as a "strategic scheme" concocted by Israel, Lebanon's Daily Star reported Sunday.

Mohammad Fathali framed the ongoing campaign by the Iran backed Shi'ite insurgency in Yemen as "the will of the Yemeni people" and pressed for an end to the widening conflict in favor of productive dialogue that will result in a national unity government.

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Fathali's remarks mirror those of Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah, who called Riyadh's intervention "unjust, Saudi-American aggression," and blamed the House of Saud for "abandoning" the Palestinians.

“If the aim of the war on Yemen is to save the Yemeni people, then why did Saudi Arabia abandon the Palestinian people for long decades?", said the Shi'ite militia's chief in a speech aired on Hezbollah's al-Manar TV station.

Iran has adamantly called for an immediate end to airstrikes in Yemen, threatening to take the necessary measure to contain the crisis in the small gulf state.

"Iran wants an immediate halt to all military aggressions and air strikes against Yemen and its people," Fars quoted Marzieh Afkham, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman as saying.

"Military actions in Yemen, which faces a domestic crisis, ... will further complicate the situation ... and will hinder efforts to resolve the crisis through peaceful ways."

According to Al-Arabiya, senior Saudi military officials reported that the airstrikes conducted by the kingdom in operation "Decisive Storm" have severely disabled much of the strategic assets that the Houthi miltia had seized from the Yemeni army, including ballistic missiles.

A spokesman for Saudi Birgadier General Ahmed Asiri insisted that Saudi military efforts would continue to target all missile platfroms in possession of the Houthi's and that Apache helicopters would prevent the build up forces along the Saudi border.

The Saudi Press Agency meanwhile claimed that airbases and jet-fighters, initally captured by the Houthi's in their drive across the country, had all been neutralized by coalition airpower.

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