Leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik al-Houthi reiterated that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which are engaged in the war on Yemen, are serving the interests of the United States and Israel.
Houthi added that unrest in Aden did not benefit freedom-loving Yemenis.
He emphasized that Saudi-led aggressors sought to use Yemenis to push their agendas, saying “Our choice is to counter the aggression”.
Houthi also reiterated his support for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinians, saying the Saudi aggression aimed to liquidate the cause.
As the conflicts between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have reached boiling point, Southern separatists, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), seized most of the Yemen’s port city. The Saudi Arabia regime and its allies had managed to capture Aden from Ansarullah forces and put it under the control of the ex-President’s officials.
Fighting between UAE-backed Southern separatists against forces loyal to Saudi-based former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, has intensified in recent days as the United Arab Emirates is determined to speed up implementation of its strategy to take control of Southern Yemen with all its islands and ports.
The separatists have long demanded independence for Yemen’s South, which used to be independent — with former British colony Aden as its capital — from its formation in 1967 until 1990, when it was unified with the North.
The United Nations expressed concern for more than 40,000 displaced Yemenis who had sought refuge in Aden, stressing that it had been unable to distribute aid since Southern separatists overran most of the city.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive President Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 15,500 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
The Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia’s deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, according to several reports.
A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.
The United Nations said in mid-January, more than three-quarters of Yemenis are now in need of humanitarian aid as the brutal aggression launched by the Saudi-led coalition nears its fourth year.