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Iran’s Khamenei urges support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels

Tehran, AUg 13: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Saudi -led coalition of “disinetgrating” Yemen and urged support for Yemen’s Houthis,state TV reported.

Khamenei met with Mohammad Abdul Salam, the spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarallah Movement, in Tehran on Tuesday.
Khamenei says Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their supporters seek to break up Yemen, “which must stand firm against this conspiracy.”

The conflict in the Arab world’s poorest country is largely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.US and Saudi coalition has been claiming that Iran has been backing the Houthis, a Shiite movement that has been fighting Yemen’s Sunni-majority government since 2004.

A Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthis in northern Yemen since March 2015 on behalf of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government.
The conflict, which began in early 2015, has sparked a humanitarian crisis. Eight million people are on the brink of famine, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council. UN officials say that number may quickly rise to more than 12 million — about half of Yemen’s population — unless the fighting stops.

Tension betwen Iran and Saudi Arabia, escalated on November 4, 2017, when Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack. The Saudi Defense Ministry said it intercepted the missile and Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir called the attack an act of war by Iran.

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