Iran clashes with Saudis over Yemen airstrikes

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Al-Khameni lashed out at Saudi Arabia for the air campaign in Yemen on Thursday.

“This is a crime, genocide and legally pursuable,” he said. “The Saudis will lose,” he continued and that the “Yemenis will resist and will win.”

This comdemnation comes shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry stated that he had more evidence of Iranian involvement with the rebels on Wednesday.

“There are obviously supplies that have been coming from Iran,” he said. “There are a number of flights every single week that have been flying in. We trace those flights, and we know this. We are well aware of the support that Iran has been giving to Yemen.”

Friday, the Houthis rebels captured the city of Ataq, which is the capital of the oil-rich Yemeni province of Shabwa.

Their victory comes in despite of clashes with local Sunni forces and heavy Saudi airstrikes.

In a meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Wednesday, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for peace talks in Yemen and an end to Saudi-led airstrikes against the Shi’ite Houthis rebels who are receiving support from Iran.

“We need to work together in order to put an end to the crisis in Yemen,” Zarif said. “We need to find a political solution in Yemen, a comprehensive political solution leading an inclusive government through Yemeni dialogue.”

Pakistan, for its part has declined Saudi Arabia’s request for it to take part in the coalition against the rebels in Yemen after its lawmakers voted unanimously to remain neutral in the conflict.

 

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