In yet another indication of escalating tensions in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia published a short animated propaganda video, depicting its military invading Iran.
The nearly 6-minute film was posted on the state-run Al-Riyadh website.
It shows Saudi military forces overthrowing the government in Tehran, "liberating" the Iranian people, who later cheer for Saudi forces while waving posters of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Al-Riyadh claims "the scenes depict reality and the prestige of the Saudi armed forces, with their ability to deter foreign ambitions, especially Iranian threats."
The video comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two regional rivals over Yemen.
Riyadh, under the command of bin Salman, launched an airstrike campaign in Yemen in 2015 against Houthi rebels, which the Saudi government believes are being supported by Iran.
In nearly three years, the hostilities have reached at an all time high between the two countries.
Just in November, bin Salman further inflamed tensions in the region after he called Iran's religious supreme leader “the new Hitler of the Middle East." He also blamed Iran for a missile attack, which was allegedly perpetrated by Houthi rebels. Bin Salman said the attack might be considered "an act of war."
While Saudi Arabia is imagining invading Iran, it's important to mention what Riyadh's ongoing invasion has yielded so far.
The U.N. estimates at least 10,000 civilians have been killed since 2015 in Yemen. Meanwhile, some half a million people have contracted cholera because of the lack of basic necessities, including more than 2,000 who have died of the disease.
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