Senior Cleric: Al Saud’s Aggression on Yemen Meant to Test US-Made Weapons
Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers leader Hojjatoleslam Kazzem Seddiqi strongly blasted the Saudi-led attack on the Yemeni people, and said that the Al Saud’s aggression was a pretext for using and testing the US-made aircraft and weapons.
Addressing a large and fervent congregation of people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi said, “The Al Saud attack on Yemen was for using the US-made weapons and purchasing other weapons; they want to test these weapons in Yemen …”
Hojjotoleslam Seddiqi expressed the hope that the Yemeni people would achieve their objective which is independence.
On Tuesday, Riyadh declared that it stopped bombing Yemen, adding that the Saudi-led coalition operations are now entering a political phase, but the latest reports from different Yemeni cities said that the airstrikes are still underway.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for the last 30 days in a move to restore power to fugitive President Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has claimed the lives of around 2,900 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. The attacks have also left thousands of people injured.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.