Saudis accuse others to cover up defeats in Yemen: Iran

Charlene Craig
March 30, 2018

Turki al-Maliki said on Monday that the ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Houthi insurgents were a serious escalation and threat to regional and global security.

The Foreign Ministry in Tehran likewise rejected the Saudi claims.

"So, in order to divert the regional and world nations' attention from their crimes, they (Saudi officials) make some claims, including the accusation that Iran is sending weapons to the Yemeni nation and reinforcing the Ansarullah Movement by supplying it with arms", said the top military official.

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It has always been believed that Iran is planning to use the Houthis to take over Yemen and seize the key strategic port of Aden, which controls the entrance to the Red Sea and ultimately to the Israeli resort city of Eilat. "The reality is that the Saudis and their allies have faced only the Yemeni people's resistance and experienced a disgraceful defeat".

"With adventurism and inexperience, the Saudis have helped inflict cholera on millions of Yemeni people and targeted children and civilians in the course of their bombardments", he said.

"Countries of the region and the global community" should "redouble their efforts to support of this goal", the statement said, calling on parties to the conflict to allow unhindered commercial and humanitarian access to all of Yemen, and for the government of Yemen to pay public sector salaries across the country.

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He made the remarks in response to a letter submitted by his Saudi counterpart, Abdullah al-Muallami, to the Security Council demanding that Iran be held accountable for allegedly supplying Yemen's Houthi fighters with ballistic missiles.

Earlier on Sunday, Iran urged the United States and "some European countries" to discontinue their support for aggressor states in Yemen, accusing them of destroying the impoverished Arab country and committing crimes against humanity.

Khoshrou also expressed dismay at the sale of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia, calling on the Muslin world and the global community to pressure Saudi Arabia to stop killings in Yemen.

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More than 14,000 people have been killed since the onset of Saudi Arabia's military campaign against Yemen in March 2015.

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