A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has denounced a deadly Saudi airstrike on a funeral ceremony in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, saying the United States and the Israeli regime are directly liable for the crime.
“Evidence and documents show that this crime has been committed under the operational control of the US and the Zionist regime [Israel],” Commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said on Monday.
He added that the continuous presence of the US spy drones and surveillance aircraft such as MQ-1, RQ-4 and MQ-9, AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System) command centers and refueling planes as well as frequent flights by American F-16, F-15, F-22 fighter jets, and US air logistics support for Riyadh prove that the military aggression against the oppressed Yemeni Muslims has been carried out directly by the US behind a Saudi façade.
The IRGC commander said the tactical level and techniques used in the airstrikes against the defenseless Yemenis showed that the operations have been conducted and led by the US Army.
He emphasized that the US has supplied advanced arms such as GBU-28 bunker buster and cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia and this indicates that the suppression of the Yemeni people is important to the White House, the arrogance and the Zionism.
Hajizadeh said the Israeli regime plays an undeniable role in the Sana’a carnage and added that the presence of Israeli spy planes and intelligence cooperation between Saudis and the Zionists showed an “evil plot” hatched and carried out against the Yemeni nation.
More than 140 people were killed and over 525 wounded on Saturday, when a Saudi airstrike hit a community hall in south of the capital, where a funeral for the father of Interior Minister Jalal al-Roweishan was being held.
The death toll was one of the largest in a single incident since March 2015, when the Riyadh regime began its deadly campaign to crush the Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement and their allies and restore power to the resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
In a strongly worded statement on Sunday, the IRGC said the criminal act was a joint plot hatched by the United States, the Israeli regime and Saudi Arabia.
“The US policies in the Muslim world are turning into a factor for the genocide and gradual massacre of Muslims,” it said, adding, “There is no doubt that the crime of the bombardment of a funeral ceremony in Sana’a, which was attended by more than 1,500 defenseless Arab Muslims, has pushed the Saudi regime another big step closer to collapse.”