The Iranian foreign ministry blasted the Riyadh government for claiming that the Yemeni army and popular forces have targeted the holy city of Mecca with a ballistic missile, and said such lies are aimed at gaining political benefits.
"We think that unfortunately, Saudi Arabia is attempting to use the religious issues and sanctities politically with fake news and irrelevant subjects," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.
"As even the western sources and other countries have announced, the report is not true and they (the Saudis) have unduly raised the issue of (missile attack against) Mecca and they are trying to use it as a leverage and play with the Islamic communities' sentiments," he added.
Qassemi warned that Saudi Arabia's continued lies and allegations against the Yemenis is dangerous and will backfire on Riyadh in other issues.
He stressed that no one in the world can believe that Muslims in any part of the world and with any tendencies would ever launch missile attacks on their own sanctuaries in Mecca and Medina, adding, "It is a big historical lie that unfortunately, Saudi Arabia is improperly using for political purposes."
In relevant remarks late October, Qassemi urged the UAE and Saudi Arabia to stop exploiting religious sanctities for the sake of their own political goals and interests.
Qassemi’s remarks came after Yemeni army and popular forces launched a locally designed and manufactured ballistic missile towards an area deep inside Saudi Arabia on October 27 in response to the Riyadh regime’s continued aerial bombardments against the Yemeni nation.
"The claim about Yemen's missile attack against the holy Mecca is basically ridiculous," Qassemi said in reaction to the baseless allegations by Emirati and Saudi officials.
The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman underlined that the Abu Dhabi and Riyadh government should avoid making use of the Islamic sanctities as a means to achieve their own trivial objectives.
"Those who regard their own criminal goals as more important than the sanctity of Islam's holiest shrine, the Ka'aba, will be further disgraced among Muslims day by day," Qassemi added.
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.
On October 27, the Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters 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.
Saudi media outlets, however, reported that the kingdom’s missile systems intercepted and destroyed the solid propellant and Scud-type missile before it could cause any damage.
The Saudi military also claimed that the Yemeni missile was fired toward the holy city of Mecca, but the Houthi Ansarullah movement has rejected the claim.