Ayatollah Khamenei

Ayatollah Khamenei: Saudi government is committing a grave crime in Yemen

Today, America will not answer the simplest questions proposed by public opinion. Public opinion, among the world is asking Americans, “Did you know that it's, so far, been several months since one country is bombarding Yemen and destroying it's cities? And if you know of this, why do you support it? If you know of it, then why do you not protest? If you know of this crime, then why do you fuel-providing planes to help them? Why do you support them?” You, who claim to be supporting human rights, should answer the public opinion among the world.  When thousands of children, men, women, or any civilians are killed inside their homes, hospitals and schools without any defense, is this not terrorism? Is this not the most brazen and cruel form of governmental terrorism? Why do you support it? However, the Americans will not answer these questions. They look directly into the eyes of people around the globe and they make claims on advocating for human rights! Feb 8,2016

​When you witness that it is almost a year and a half now that Yemen has been under bombardment, is this a minor event? They are constantly bombarding a country. And they are not bombarding its military centers, rather they are bombarding its markets, hospitals, public squares and schools and the people’s houses and gatherings. This is not a minor event, rather it is a very grave crime. They do not understand what the month of Ramadan and a month of haraam are and they do not differentiate between children and adults. They have murdered so many children! Well, this is a grave crime as well which has unfortunately been committed by the Saudi government. However, they have done so with the support of America, with its approval and with its weapons – the weapons and ammunitions that are from America. It is they who are providing them with all the resources. Even when the United Nations wants to say something in this regard – now, after a lifetime of silence, it has decided to say something true and to condemn this course of action – they shut its mouth with money, with threats and with pressure. Aug 1, 2016

Global imperialism is directly helping those who bomb the people of Yemen. America is openly and directly helping the bombardment of Yemen. Which areas do they bomb? Do they bomb the front lines? No, they bomb hospitals, markets, schools, and public squares. America is helping them. Well, the Islamic Republic cannot remain indifferent.

If any individual and orientation that works for Islam and in the name of Islam trusts America, they have made a grave mistake for which they will be slapped across the face, as they were slapped in the past. In recent years, Islamic orientations trusted and established friendship with the Americans because of their interests, because of “political wisdom” – they refer to this as “wisdom” – and because of “tactics”. They said that these are “tactical moves”. However, they were punished and slapped across the face and in the present time, they are enduring the disasters that originate from that. If anyone who moves forward in the name of Islam and in the direction of Islam trusts America, they have made a grave mistake. Jun 3, 2016