Saudi Arabia rejects calls for end to Yemen aggression
The Saudi foreign minister has rejected calls for an end to aggression against Yemen, saying the attacks are meant to help what he calls the country’s legitimate authority.
According to Press TV, Saud al-Faisal said on Sunday Riyadh and its allies have launched airstrikes on Yemen to help what he called the country’s legitimate authority, a reference to the fugitive former President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Faisal made the remarks at a press conference with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, in the capital Riyadh. The comments came in response to repeated calls by Iran and some other countries urging the kingdom to stop its unlawful military aggression against Yemen.
Faisal claimed that the Saudis are “fighting alongside a country that has asked” for help against the Ansarullah fighters, whom Faisal described as those trying to “occupy” Yemen, and owed to press ahead with the military aggression until Hadi is reinstated.
The Saudi bombing attacks on Yemen began on March 26 without a warning or UN mandate, in what experts believe is a futile effort to restore power to the former fugitive President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who Riyadh considers as a close ally.
The Saudi minister repeated allegations that Tehran is backing the Ansarullah revolutionaries, saying ironically that “Unless Iran thinks it has suddenly become part of Yemen, we are not at war with Iran.”
The Saudis accuse Iran of interfering in Yemen’s internal affairs, a claim Tehran vehemently denies.
Yemeni army sources say at least 1,000 people, including 200 children, have been martyred in Saudi air attacks against Yemen over the past two weeks.