0915 GMT January 18, 2019
“Today, Saudi Arabia is brazenly and obnoxiously bombarding and massacring a nation, which is seeking the denial of the hegemonic system,” said commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari on Monday, Press TV reported.
“Today, Al Saud is teetering on the edge of collapse,” the top commander said.
The remarks by the IRGC chief come as Saudi Arabia keeps pounding neighboring Yemen.
He called on Iranian officials to pull no punches in hitting out at Saudi Arabia over its aggression against Yemen, saying, “Now that the attacks have been launched [against Yemen], no considerations should be shown” for Riyadh.
He further called Saudi Arabia a “betrayer,” saying, “Today, Saudi Arabia, the betrayer, is following in the footsteps of Israel and the Zionists.”
Saudi fighter jets pounded Faj Attan, al-Nahdin, and al-Arqoub districts in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, early on Monday.
According to the Yemeni news website, Yemen-press, a huge explosion happened in the Faj Attan district after the Saudi fighter jets targeted a missile depot there. Several people were reportedly killed in the Saudi raid.
Saudi fighter jets also carried out several airstrikes in the Safra district in the northwestern province of Sa’ada.
Artillery shells fired by Saudi forces also hit two other districts in Sa’ada.
Saudi Arabia launched its air campaign against Yemen on March 26 - without a United Nations mandate - in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the country’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
On April 21, Riyadh announced the end of the first phase of its military operation, which has left over 4,000 people dead or injured so far, but airstrikes have continued with Saudi bombers targeting different areas across the country in a new phase.