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IRGC Commander Reacts To The Death of Yemen's Saleh

The head of Iran's IRGC Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari

The commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is quoted by Iranian media as saying on Tuesday, “Thanks God, the conspiracy [in Yemen] was nipped in the bud”, without mentioning the killing of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

After days of fierce clashes between Yemen’s Huthis and Saleh’s forces, the former president was killed on Monday. Days before his death, it appeared that Saleh was changing his position as an ally of Huthis and turning against them.

Huthis who rebelled against Yemen’s government in 2014 and occupied the capital, Sanaa have been fighting against a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which intervened in the country to prevent the spread of Iranian influence through a Huthi victory.

Iran is accused of fomenting strife in Yemen and assisting the rebels. Tehran denies most of the accusation.

Iranian media that have quoted Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of IRGC, have not given more details about his remarks on Yemen.

In the meantime, a Saudi owned television channel has quoted Saleh’s son as saying that he and his supporters will take the revenge of his father’s killing, by defeating and expelling the Huthis from Yemen.

It is not possible to verify this statement from other sources.