Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

Sanctities no means for meager goals: Iran to Saudi, UAE

Iran has called on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to stop exploiting Islamic sanctities as a means for their own trivial goals after Riyadh claimed, in an allegation later dismissed, that a ballistic missile by the Yemeni army forces and allied fighters had targeted the holy Saudi city of Mecca and the UAE rehashed the accusations that Iran is arming the Yemeni forces.

“The claim about the Yemenis’ missile attack against the holy Mecca is basically ridiculous,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday.

He urged Saudi and Emirati officials not to resort to such divisive and dangerous propaganda stunts in order to make up for their failed policies and defeats.

The Yemeni people are more religiously devout as well as dedicated and committed to the holy Islamic sites than the Wahhabis and rulers who are dependent on the US and the Israeli regime instead of their own nations and Muslim states, Qassemi said.

The Iranian spokesperson expressed confidence that those who regard their own “criminal goals” as more important than the sanctity of Islam’s holiest shrine, the Kaaba, will “be further disgraced among Muslims day by day.”

Qassemi’s remarks came after Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees launched a locally designed and manufactured ballistic missile towards an area deep inside Saudi Arabia on Thursday in response to the Riyadh regime’s atrocious aerial bombardments against the crisis-hit Arab country.

Yemeni soldiers and their allies fired a Borkan-1 (Volcano-1) missile towards King Abdulaziz International Airport, located 19 kilometers north of the western Saudi port city of Jeddah.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, later told the official Saba news agency that the 12.5-meter-long missile had targeted its target accurately and left massive destruction at the airport.