Ayatollah: US Backing ‘Immense Crimes’ in Yemen

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TEHRAN- Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Syed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday accused the United States of supporting “immense crimes” in Yemen by Saudi Arabia, which is leading an air war against impoverished Arab neighbour.

“The Saudi government is busy killing innocent people and women and children in Yemen without any justification and only under the pretext that the Yemeni people do not accept a so-and-so person as the president, and the Americans are also supporting this monstrous crime” Ayatollah Khamenei said Wednesday while addressing a gathering of teachers in Tehran.                  

“The Americans shamelessly support the killing of the Yemeni population, but they accuse Iran of interfering in that country and of sending weapons when Iran only seeks to provide medical and food aid,” Khamenei said.

“The revolutionary people of Yemen do not need weapons because they control all the country’s military bases and centres,”  the leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Yemenis do not need weapons from Iran because they have control of all military bases in their country, adding that the most urgent need of the Yemeni people is humanitarian aid of which they have been denied due to the blockade imposed on the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei further described the US government as the most “disgraced government in the world,” adding that one reason for this loss of honor is the explicit US support for the Saudi aggression against Yemen.

Tensions between Riyadh and Tehran have been rising steadily, not only over Yemen but also the situation in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Bahrain.

The United Nations says at least 2000 people have been killed in Yemen since Saudi led bombings began on March 19, and has repeatedly warned that the already impoverished Arabian Peninsula state faces a major humanitarian crisis.

The Iranian authorities have announced demonstrations on Friday across the country against “the crimes of the Saudi government and to support the Yemeni people”.

‘No nuclear talks under threat’

Elsewhere in the speech, Ayatollah Khamenei touched upon the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the global powers, saying that Iran does not approve of “negotiations under the shadow of threat.”

The Leader dismissed the recent US military threats against Iran, saying that the Islamic Republic will not leave any acts of aggression unanswered.

Saudi war on Yemen has failed: Hezbollah

BEIRUT: Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, said the Saudi regime has failed to achieve its goals in Yemen.

“Tell me about a single objective that has been achieved. Has Saudi Arabia restored the so-called legitimacy in Yemen? Has it managed to prevent the expansion of the Yemeni army and popular committees? Has it confiscated the arms of Ansarullah? Has it been able to return [former fugitive Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh] Mansur Hadi to his country?” Nasrallah asked in a televised address on the latest developments in the region on Tuesday night.

Riyadh launched its military aggression against its southern neighbor on March 26 – without a United Nations mandate – in a bid to undermine Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to Hadi, a staunch ally of Saudis.

The Hezbollah chief rejected as lies the Riyadh regime’s claims of victory in the war on Yemen, asking, “Do Arab citizens accept such deception and misinformation? As an Arab citizen I want information about the objectives that were allegedly realized.”

He further said the Saudi kingdom seeks to gain dominance over Yemen by launching a bloody war on the neighboring nation, saying, “Have they managed to achieve their real objective by restoring their hegemony over Yemen?”

He lauded Yemeni people’s resistance against the Saudi aggression, saying Riyadh could not weaken the Yemenis.

“We are before a clear and obvious Saudi failure and a clear Yemeni victory. This is the result of the firmness and steadfastness of the Yemenis,” the Hezbollah chief said.

On April 21, Riyadh announced the end of the first phase of its military operation, but airstrikes have continued with Saudi bombers targeting different areas across the country in a new phase.

Nasrallah criticized Saudi Arabia and its backers in the aggression against Yemen for their hypocrisy in the war and blocking humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.

“They claimed that they want to fight terrorism but they are offering arms to al-Qaeda and bombing the popular committees to prevent them from reaching the regions where al-Qaida is operating. They have prevented any humanitarian aid from reaching Yemen,” he stressed.

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