Ansarullah: US seeks to prolong state of aggression, siege against Yemen
The spokesperson for Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement says the United States seeks to prolong the state of brutal siege and aggression against the impoverished Arab country, referring to its latest move in the Red Sea that contravenes the terms of the recent truce agreement.
Mohammed Abdulsalam, who is also the resistance movement’s chief negotiator, made the remarks in an Arabic-language post on his Twitter handle late on Friday.
Earlier this week, the US Navy announced plans to establish a new multinational task force to patrol the Red Sea — a vital shipping lane for both cargo and the global energy supplies — after a series of attacks it blamed on the Yemeni resistance movement.
Washington claimed that the resistance movement had launched explosive-laden drone boats and mines into the waters of the strategic sea, which runs from Egypt's Suez Canal in the north, down through the narrow Bab el-Mandeb Strait in the south that separates Africa from the Arabian Peninsula.
The US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Task Force 153 will patrol the waterway between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, through the Bab al-Mandeb Strait to the waters off the Yemen-Oman border.
CMF, a 34-nation maritime partnership, already has three task forces operating in the area. The new task force will be commissioned Sunday and will see the USS Mount Whitney, a Blue Ridge class amphibious command ship previously part of the Navy's African and European 6th Fleet, join it.
“The American move in the Red Sea in light of a humanitarian and military truce in Yemen contradicts Washington's claim that it supports the truce, rather it only seeks to perpetuate the state of aggression and siege on Yemen,” Abdulsalam tweeted.
The ceasefire agreement between the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that has been invading and occupying the war-ravaged country since 2015 and Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement was mediated by the United Nations on April 2.
Under the truce agreement, the Riyadh-led coalition agreed to end its attacks on Yemen with the goal of changing Yemen’s power structure in favor of the country’s former Saudi-allied officials.
The foreign aggressors also agreed to end the crippling humanitarian siege that it has been enforcing against the people of Yemen in the protracted 7-year war.