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US, Israel behind Yemen terrorist attacks: Houthi leader

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement addresses the nation in a speech on March 22, 2015.

Leader of Houthi fighters has accused the United States and the Israeli regime of being behind the recent terrorist attacks against the Yemeni people

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi made the remarks in a televised address on Sunday in reaction to the March 20 deadly attacks which targeted Yemeni worshippers at mosques.

Over 140 people were killed and more than 350 suffered injuries in three bomb attacks at the Badr mosque in southern Sana’a and the al-Hashoosh mosque in the northern part of the capital. The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Yemeni armed men inspect the damage following a bomb explosion at the Badr mosque in southern Sanaa on March 20, 2015.


Al-Houthi said some countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar are financing acts of terror in the Middle East region and beyond.

Calling on all Yemenis to rise up against terrorists groups in Yemen, he noted that the Yemeni people are not safe in any other place.

"Everyone is a target,” he added.

The Houthi leader said Yemen branches of the ISIL Takfiri group and al-Qaeda are trying to destabilize the country and make it insecure by targeting the Yemeni people.

The attacks show that the terrorists are unfamiliar with humane values, he said, adding that the attacks have uncovered the vicious nature of their perpetrators.

The attackers are seeking to humiliate the Yemeni people and force them to surrender, said al-Houthi, adding, “But they are of course mistaken.”

He further noted that criminals in Yemen are protected thoroughly by hegemonic powers in a project that aims to target the Yemeni people at all levels.

Al-Houthi added that the Houthi movement has risen up against such a project to show that it is fed-up with “attacks, assaults and crimes.”

He said Yemeni people have to choose between remaining silent vis-à-vis threats, or confronting attacks in order to free themselves up.

The second option in front of them is “a wise stance,” he said, adding that the Yemenis are entitled to defend their land and security.

He noted that the Yemenis will emerge winner in their fight against the terrorists.

Stressing that the Yemeni people will never accept humiliation, he added that the people will prove to the attackers that they will never surrender.

Referring to the formation of a “general mobilization” against forces loyal to Hadi, he said the move was a wise decision to confront unjust attacks by the ISIL and al-Qaeda operatives.

A child holds a banner showing the Houthi movement's leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, during a demonstration of his supporters on March 18, 2015, in the Yemeni capital Sana'a. ©AFP


He sharply criticized political factions in the country for their failure to work out a solution to the ongoing crisis in the country.

Al-Houthi said even the United Nations Security Council would not be able to help resolve the crisis in Yemen.

He urged the Yemeni people in the southern part of the country to rise up against the ruthless ISIL and the al-Qaeda.

Highlighting Ansarullah’s control of the southwestern city of Ta'izz, a strategic city between the capital, Sana’a and Aden, he said the move is meant to eradicate terrorist cells in the area.

The leader of the Houthi movement stated that Hadi is expanding the crisis from north to Aden.

The Houthi fighters and their allies seized the city's airport on Sunday after defeating forces loyal to Hadi.

He further noted that the fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi is being used as a "puppet" to target the people in the country.

Hadi, along with members of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah’s cabinet, stepped down in late January, but the parliament did not approve his resignation. The president fled his home in Sana’a on February 21, after weeks under effective house arrest and went to Aden, Yemen’s second largest city in the south, where he officially withdrew his resignation and highlighted his intention to resume duties. This came weeks after the Houthi fighters took control of Sana’a in September 2014.

A handout picture released by the Yemeni Presidency on March 21, 2015, shows President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi delivering a speech in the southern city of Aden. 


The Houthi movement played a key role in the 2011 popular uprising that forced the longtime dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to quit after 33 years in power. The revolutionaries say the government has been incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and providing security.


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