Iranian general accuses Saudis of following in Israel's footsteps

Updated April 27, 2015

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Saudi soldiers fire artillery toward three armed vehicles approaching the Saudi border with Yemen. ─ AP/File
Saudi soldiers fire artillery toward three armed vehicles approaching the Saudi border with Yemen. ─ AP/File

ANKARA: The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards accused Saudi Arabia on Monday of following in Israel's footsteps in the Islamic world by carrying out air strikes in Yemen, the official IRNA news agency reported.

A Saudi-led alliance began bombing Houthi militia in Yemen last month, seeing a threat from their advances across the Arabian Peninsula state. Riyadh also wants to restore Yemen's president, forced into exile by the Houthis.

Read more: Fighting intensifies in Yemen

General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, said Saudi Arabia was “shamelessly and disgracefully bombing and killing a nation”.

“Saudi Arabia is following in the Zionist [Israel] regime's footsteps in the Islamic world,” Jafari was quoted as saying by IRNA.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have accused Iran of arming the Houthis but Iran says it gives only political and humanitarian support to the Houthis.

Read more: Saudi-led strikes kill at least 12 Houthi rebels in Yemen