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Saudi Arabia stuck in Yemen war quagmire: Iran commander

Iran Press TV

Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:33PM

A top Iranian commander says the military aggression by Saudi Arabia against its neighbor Yemen has dragged Riyadh into a quagmire.

"The Saudi army is a classic one, which enjoys no particular sophistication, and, with the war against Yemen, this country (Saudi Arabia) has had itself plunged into a quagmire," said Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), in an interview with the Lebanese satellite television channel al-Mayadeen on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia's military campaign against Yemen started on March 26 - without a United Nations mandate - in an attempt to restore power to the country's fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Salami said the aggression against Yemen causes "insecurity" in the region.

The aerial aggression against Yemen is not going to resolve the crisis in the country, he said, adding, "The Saudi aggression is aimed at covering up Saudi Arabia's domestic problems and crises."

The Iranian commander further slammed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)'s recent resolution against Yemen's Ansarullah Houthi movement, saying, "The [UN] Security Council supports powerful countries against weak [nations]."

The UNSC resolution includes an arms embargo, asset freezes and travel ban against Abdul Malik al-Houthi, the leader of the Houthi movement.

The resolution, passed on Tuesday, also calls for an immediate ceasefire, access to humanitarian aid to the airstrike victims and ensuring the safety of civilians, but stops short of condemning the Saudi war on Yemen.

According to reports, close to 2,600 people, including women and children, have lost their lives in the Saudi attacks.

The US has reportedly increased its intelligence support for Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom in its military aggression in Yemen. The expanded intelligence-sharing includes the provision of sensitive data that will assist the Saudis in their aggression against impoverished Arab country.

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