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Iran warns Saudi-led raids on Yemen to end in failure

Xinhua, April 12, 2015 Adjust font size:

A senior Iranian commander warned on Sunday that the Saudi-led raid on Yemen will end in failure, Press TV reported.

"The Saudi military plays the role of a proxy army and the aggressors who have launched an attack against Yemen will definitely be defeated," Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan was quoted as saying.

"I advise the Saudi military to stop this aggression as it will suffer a heavy defeat," Pourdastan said.

On Thursday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the Saudi-led coalition has committed a big "mistake" in bombing Yemen.

The Iranian leader compared the Saudi-led raid on Yemen to the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip in the past, saying that this action is "a crime and genocide which can be prosecuted internationally."

The relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia has become sore recently following the air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Shiite Houthis in Yemen who had made significant advancements to control major cities in the country recently.

The Saudis and its allies in the Persian Gulf region have accused the Islamic republic of arming and financing the Houthis, which have been denied by the Iranian authorities. Endit