IRGC Commander Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said in Tehran that Saudi Arabia was “shamelessly and disgracefully bombing and killing a nation” by carrying airstrikes in Yemen. (IRNA, 27 April)
Iran and Saudi Arabia support opposing sides in Yemen. A Saudi-led coalition of Sunni countries has conducted airstrikes against the Huthi (AnsarAllah) insurgents since late March to stop their advance into southern Yemen and the post city of Aden. They captured the capital Sanaa last September. IRGC’s Quds Force is major supporter of the Huthis, who are predominantly Shia.
In Syria and Iraq conflicts, Iran’s role is reversed where it supports the governments against the predominately Sunni insurgents.
File photo: IRGC Commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari (IRNA)