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Iran general slams Saudi Arabia

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard has accused Saudi Arabia of treachery against the Islamic world and compared the kingdom to Israel.

The official IRNA news agency quotes General Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying Riyadh is "following in Israel's footsteps" and "shamelessly and disgracefully bombing and killing a nation", apparently referring to Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been waging a month-long air campaign against Iran-supported rebels, known as Houthis.

Iran has provided the Houthis with political and humanitarian support but denies arming them.

The Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, last year, and Yemen's internationally recognised president has fled the country.

Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran are long-time regional rivals.

They back opposite sides in Syria's civil war and are fiercely divided on a host of regional issues.

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