Hu­day­dah to Be Grave­yard for Saudi-Led Mil­i­tants

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SANAA (Dis­patches) - A se­nior Houthi official has said Ye­men will turn into a “grave­yard” for ag­gres­sors as Saudi-backed mil­i­tants and mer­ce­nar­ies con­tin­ued with a fresh push to oc­cupy the port city of Hu­day­dah.

“Our peo­ple, with their full-scale de­fense of Hu­day­dah, once again have proved that Ye­men will be a grave­yard for the ag­gres­sors,” Mo­hammed Ab­dul­salam said in a tweet late Fri­day..

Saudi-backed mil­i­tants an­nounced on Fri­day that they had be­gun a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion to take over Hu­day­dah, claim­ing that they had ad­vanced to­wards the north­ern and the western flanks of the port city.

Ab­dul­salam dis­missed the claims, say­ing the ag­gres­sors had al­ready failed to achieve any of their objectives due to the “ex­em­plary stead­fast­ness” of the Ye­meni peo­ple.

“The Amer­i­can-Bri­tish-Is­raeli coali­tion, along with do­mes­tic and for­eign mer­ce­nar­ies and ter­ror­ists groups, in­clud­ing Daesh and al-Qaeda … have failed to achieve any of their objectives af­ter four years of ag­gres­sion, due to the ex­em­plary stead­fast­ness of the na­tion,” he tweeted.

Saudi mer­ce­nar­ies have launched a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion to es­tab­lish full con­trol over Ye­men’s western coastal city of Hu­day­dah.

A state­ment by mili­ti­a­men loyal to Ye­men’s for­mer pres­i­dent Abd Rab­buh Mansur Hadi claimed that they were pro­gress­ing from all fronts. On Satur­day, they said they had taken the main hospi­tal in Hu­day­dah.

Nearly 80 per­cent of Ye­men’s com­mer­cial im­ports and prac­ti­cally all UN-su­per­vised hu­man­i­tar­ian aid pass through Hu­day­dah’s port.

Ye­meni of­fi­cials say the ex­tent of Saudi-led mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion has in­ten­si­fied ever since US Pres­i­dent Donald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion de­manded a cease­fire.

Chair­man of the Supreme Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Com­mit­tee of Ye­men Mo­hammed Ali al-Houthi said in an opin­ion ar­ti­cle in The Wash­ing­ton Post on Satur­day that the US call for cease­fire was hol­low. “The con­tin­ued es­ca­la­tion of at­tacks against the port city of Hu­day­dah in Ye­men by the US-Saudi-Emi­rati coali­tion con­firms that the Amer­i­can calls for a cease­fire are noth­ing but empty talk,” he said.

“The re­cent state­ments are try­ing to mis­lead the world. Saudi lead­ers are reck­less and have no in­ter­est in diplo­macy. The United States has the clout to bring an end to the con­flict but it has de­cided to pro­tect a cor­rupt ally,” he said.

Al-Houthi said, “Trump and his ad­min­is­tra­tion clearly pre­fer to con­tinue this devastating war be­cause of the eco­nomic re­turns it pro­duces — they drool over those arms sales prof­its.” A Ye­meni man goes through the wreck­age of a build­ing that was de­stroyed in a Saudi airstrike in the cap­i­tal Sana’a on Septem­ber 5, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Last month, US Sec­re­tary of De­fense James Mat­tis called for a cease­fire in Ye­men and for all par­ties to come to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble within the next 30 days. Al-Houthi said the Saudi-led block­ade of Hu­day­dah is meant to bring the Ye­meni peo­ple to their knees. “The coali­tion is us­ing famine and cholera as weapons of war. It is also ex­tort­ing the United Na­tions by threat­en­ing to cut their funds as if it were a char­ity and not a re­spon­si­bil­ity re­quired un­der in­ter­na­tional law and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions.”

He fur­ther em­pha­sized that An­sarul­lah was ready to stop the re­tal­ia­tory mis­sile at­tacks if Saudi Ara­bia stopped its airstrikes against the im­pov­er­ished na­tion.

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