Sep 20, 2019 12:21 UTC
  • Yemenis countering world's strongest, wealthiest countries: Houthi

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen, has said that the war-wracked country is countering the world's "strongest and wealthiest" countries in its fight against the Saudi war.

He stressed that Yemen would strive to counter aggression on "all levels" and that it was time "to ward off the enemy," Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

Al-Houthi also slammed countries participating in the war on Yemen, adding that if they "were seeking the freedom of the Yemeni nation, they wouldn't seek to partition [the country] and kill [the people]."

Over the weekend, attacks by Yemeni drones on the key Saudi oil facilities of Abqaiq and Khurais shut down about 50 percent of the kingdom’s crude and gas production, cutting the state oil giant’s crude oil supply by around 5.7 million barrels per day.

Six Saudi troops, including a senior coalition commander and five of his bodyguards, were killed in a bomb explosion in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout on Thursday, an unnamed Hadi loyalist said. 

"A roadside bomb blast struck a military patrol of the Saudi-led coalition forces in the historic town of Shibam in Hadramout province," the source said, identifying the Saudi army commander as Abu Nawaf.

Around 11 other members of the military patrol were injured as a result of the explosion, the report said.  

On Friday, Yemen's al-Masirah television said five people were killed and 20 others injured when a roadside bomb planted by the Saudi-led coalition hit a bus in Hadramout. 

The bus was carrying 35 passengers from Hudaydah when the explosive went off, the network quoted a statement issued by Yemen's transportation ministry based in Sana'a as saying.