In a strongly worded statement, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Tuesday that the Iranian government’s arming of Yemen’s rebels with missiles was a “direct military aggression by the Iranian regime,” and added comments to the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson that Tehran’s actions “may be considered an act of war against the kingdom.”
Bin Salman’s statements were made after a missile was launched at the Riyadh airport over the weekend by Houthi rebel militias. The crown prince didn’t hold back stating that the Iranian government was “supplying its Houthi militias (in Yemen) with missiles.”
Saudi Arabia has waged a years-long military campaign in Yemen in support of the internationally recognized government that the Houthi rebels drove out of the capital, Sanaa.
The Iranian-backed Houthis have claimed responsibility for firing Saturday’s projectile at the King Khalid International Airport. The Saudi military was able to intercept the missile before it struck the Riyadh airport.
Bin Salman’s remarks were the latest by the Saudi government to accuse Iran not only of being behind actions in Yemen but also criticizing Tehran over its purported behavior in Lebanon.
Hezbollah “has become a tool of death and destruction against Saudi Arabia and participates in all terrorist acts in the kingdom,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia, therefore, will treat the Lebanese as “a government declaring war,” Sabhan told Al-Arabiya, the Saudi-backed broadcaster.
The Iranian government denied the allegations that they are supplying the Houthi militias with missiles and called the Saudi charges, “dangerous allegations.” But the Saudi Foreign Minister wasn’t having any of it.
Adel al-Jubeir stated that it was an Iranian missile, launched by Hezbollah from territory occupied by the Houthis in Yemen
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