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Published Date: Sunday 19 April 2015 - 13:26:12
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‘Al Saud to suffer heavy blows in Yemen’

‘Al Saud to suffer heavy blows in Yemen’
IRAN  - A senior Iranian military commander has slammed Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen, warning Riyadh of the adverse consequences of the ongoing military campaign on its impoverished neighbor.

Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan described the Saudi military as “fragile,” adding that Riyadh’s army is not experienced enough and will “suffer heavy blows” should it engage in a “war of attrition” against Yemen.

Referring to the US support for Saudi Arabia’s aggression, Pourdastan said Washington has resorted to the strategy of “proxy wars” to pursue its goals in different regions of the world.

“Today [the Takfiri terror groups of] ISIL, Boko Haram and al-Nusra are committing crimes on behalf of the US,” added the senior military commander.

He further expressed regret that certain countries in the region have followed this approach and are unknowingly promoting it.

The Iranian commander hailed the courageous Yemeni nation, advising the Al Saud regime to stop the killing of innocent civilians and help solve the crisis in Yemen through diplomatic channels.

 A Saudi soldier from an artillery unit walks near ammunition at a position close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, in Saudi Arabia's southwestern Jizan province, on April 13, 2015. © AFP

 

Pourdastan further said that the Islamic Republic has not provided Yemen with any logistical assistance and that Tehran is making every effort to dispatch humanitarian aid to the war-wracked country.

Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen started on March 26 - without a United Nations mandate - in a bid to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The Houthis say Hadi’s government failed to properly run the affairs of the country and contain the growing wave of corruption and terror.

A Yemeni boy holds a fake rocket bearing writing reading in Arabic: “A gift from Saudi Arabia to the Yemeni children” during a protest in front of the United Nations office in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, on April 13, 2015. © AFP

 

Earlier this week, Colonel Sharaf Luqman, the spokesman for Yemen’s armed forces and popular committees, said civilians and Yemeni infrastructure have been the target of the Saudi aggression, during which over 2,600 people have been killed so far.

The United Nations has called for an immediate “humanitarian pause” of at least a few hours each day to allow deliveries of urgently needed aid to the conflict-weary country.

 

 

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Published Date: Sunday 19 April 2015 - 13:26:12
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