Iran’s supreme leader accuses western media of being silent on Yemen crisis
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the dominant global media of being silent towards the Saudi-led coalition's air strikes in Yemen.
Khamenei made the remarks during a meeting with poets and scholars in Tehran, the supreme leader's official website reported July 2.
"The global media which are dominated by the US, Britain and Israel remain flagrantly silent towards ongoing bombing of Yemen meanwhile they some times even raise promotional fanfare for saving an animal," Khamenei said.
He further said that the western media did the same regarding the similar crimes in Gaza and Lebanon in the previous years.
Khamenei called to standing against "evil", saying neutrality in the conflict between "good and evil is meaningless."
A Saudi Arabia-led coalition has started military operation in Yemen last March to oust the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who have taken most of the country and forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia accuses the Islamic Republic of providing military support to the Yemeni Shiite rebels, something that Tehran denies.
Senior political and military officials in Tehran confirm that the country's influence is spreading in Yemen.
Last December, Deputy Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Hussein Salami said that the Yemeni Ansarullah group moves in accordance with the Islamic Revolution (1979) within Iran's geopolitical space. In his similar statements, Iran's former foreign minister, Ali Akbar Velayati said mid-December that the Islamic Republic's current influence spreads from Yemen to Lebanon.