The leader of Yemen’s Houthi group has called on Yemenis to adopt a unified stance and put an end to the military presence of the United States in the Arab country.
Abdul-malek al-Houthi made the remarks in a speech on the birthday celebrations of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada.
He criticized the Yemeni government’s close relationship with the US, which he said has robbed the nation of its independence and sovereignty.
Al-Houthi also said that the Yemeni government offered his apologies to US President Barack Obama after Yemeni protesters stormed the US embassy in Sana’a in protest at a blasphemous US-made movie, however it has so far failed to apologize for the war against people in north and south Yemen.
He called on people to continue the revolution against the former regime to end the US military operation in the country.
The US has increased the number of drone strikes dramatically, with 53 taking place in 2012. This figure is three times higher than the figure for a year before.
The US regularly carries out assassination drone attacks in Yemen, which is located on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula and among the poorest in the region.
Washington uses its assassination drones in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia, claiming that they target the terrorists. The attacks, however, have mostly led to massive civilian casualties.
The United Nations has censured the US drone attacks as targeted killings, stressing that the raids flout international law. Reports, however, say that the CIA is seeking to expand its covert drone attacks in Yemen.
Yemenis have held several anti-US rallies across the country over the past months and have called on their government to cut all ties with Washington over the deadly airstrikes.