• Attacks on Yemen increased after US demand for ceasefire: Houthi

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement says the extent of Saudi-led military aggression on his conflict-ridden country has intensified ever since US President Donald Trump’s administration demanded a ceasefire and the launch of UN-led political talks to end the ongoing war there.

Addressing his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Wednesday evening, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said his movement had noticed preparations for greater attacks, and that the ongoing aggression on Yemen is being primarily planned, monitored and supported by the United States.

“The US role in the military operations against our nation is pivotal. All fiendish plots against Yemen are hatched by the US, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Traitors just struggle to carry them out on the ground. Washington is speaking of peace at the same time that it is directing the Yemen war. Traitors are operating under the auspices of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and executing their orders,” Houthi pointed out.

He held the US as the main culprit behind the aggressor’s crimes in Yemen, stating that Washington is making use of the policies of deception and extortion.

“The United States has managed to reap tremendous financial gains, including arms deals, from the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen. Washington is supporting the Riyadh regime to be able to stand its feet. It is also managing the violent and criminal role of Saudi Arabia. The recent uptick in attacks on Yemen comes as a number of Persian Gulf littoral states, notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are warming their relations with the Zionist regime,” the Ansarullah leader commented.

Houthi also praised sacrifices made by Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees, underlining that they have thwarted aggressors’ bids to seize full control over Sana’a and the western coastal province of Hudaydah.

“A great portion of Hudaydah is still under the control of army troops and Popular Committees fighters,” Houthi noted.

He said enemies have increased their attack on Yemeni border areas, and are seeking to provoke confrontations in the central parts of the country.

“No matter what ammunition and military hardware the enemies might have at their disposal, we should reserve any worries. No matter what meaningless and baseless remarks they would make, they have no right and legitimacy to attack Yemen as an independent and sovereign country,” Houthi said.

“Saudi Arabia and the UAE have not launched the war on Yemen for the sake of any specific Yemeni group. They view their loyal Yemeni groups as pawns to attain their objectives. Saudi Arabia has suffered substantial losses in its border regions. It has paid huge sums of money to scores of Yemenis in a bid to use them as cannon fodder. Emiratis are also using their Yemeni mercenaries as human shields. Emirati officers are taking orders from their American, Israeli and British masters,” the Ansarullah chief pointed out.

He added that Yemeni people are resisting an all-out aggression, and they are rightful to defend themselves as well as their freedom and independence.

Houthi then called upon Yemeni fighters to mobilize more in battlefronts, saying, “Aggressors will dominate us if we sit idle and do nothing. Our desire for freedom prevents us from bowing down to criminals.”

Houthi concluded that the Yemen war has cost aggressors billions of dollars as their economies are in doldrums, noting that the Washington is extorting Riyadh and Abu Dhabi regimes and sinking them further in Yemen quagmire.

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Nov 07, 2018 17:32 UTC
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