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Nasrallah slams Saudi-US Yemen attack

Head of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, delivers a public address in Dahieh, south of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Head of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, has condemned the ongoing Saudi aggression against Yemen, which has been carried out with the green light of the United States.

He made the remarks in a public address at an event entitle “Solidarity Rally with Yemen” organized by the resistance movement in Dahieh, south of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Friday.

Condemning the ongoing Saudi aggression against Yemen, which has been carried out with the green light of the United States, Nasrallah added, “This rally is aimed at voicing our condemnation and rejection of the Saudi-American aggression against Yemen and its people and at expressing our support for this noble people.”

The leader of Hezbollah stressed that the movement will keep slamming Saudi aggression against Yemen, urging all people in Lebanon to denounce Riyadh's airstrikes against the Yemeni people.

“It is our human, jihadist and religious duty to take this stance and all the sons of this nation must reassess their responsibilities and take the appropriate stance. Intimidation or threats will not prevent us from continuing to declare our condemnation of the aggression against Yemen,” Nasrallah said, stressing that “this major historic period is affecting the entire region, not only Yemen.”

“The officials in Saudi Arabia said the war's objective is to defend Yemen's Arab identity, but have the Arab people authorized them to wage a war on Yemen? This is a war against an Arab people,” Nasrallah noted.

He stressed that the Yemeni people “do not need to prove their Arab or Islamic identity and those invading Yemen today must seek to verify their Arab identity.”

“The war's real objective is restoring the Saudi-American hegemony over Yemen, as I have already announced,” Nasrallah stressed.

Nasrallah also questioned the claims by the aggressors against Yemen that they are defending the Yemeni state, saying, “They are doing this through bombing the state's administrations, airports, ports and military bases. Is this how you defend the state?”

He said the Saudi aggression has left “42 million Yemenis without food, water or medical aid.”

Nasrallah also stated that the Saudi airstrikes in Yemen have failed to return Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, to presidency.

“After 28 days of aerial and naval bombardment, fierce airstrikes and all forms of intelligence and logistical support that were offered by the Americans, there has been failure to return Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to Yemen, as he is still in Riyadh,” he said, adding, “Because of this aggression, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has lost any chance of returning to the presidency, and any political settlement cannot return him to the presidency.”

Nasrallah described the Yemenis as people who “have resolve, enthusiasm, [and] endurance”, saying, “There is massive volunteering of fighters” to fight against the aggressors.

He also referred to Yemeni people’s protest against the “aerial” bombardments by Saudi Arabia, adding, “Until the moment, the Yemenis have not showed any sign of defeat.”

Nasrallah stressed that the aggressors against Yemen have failed to sow seeds of discord among Yemeni people, adding that “a national posture” has emerged in Yemen “in the face of the aggression.”

Referring to the international condemnation of the Saudi airstrikes on Yemen, Nasrallah said, “Most voices in the world have demanded an end to the war and called for a political solution. Those leading this war must show modesty and seek an exit.”

The head of Hezbollah highlighted the uselessness of any possible ground aggression against Yemen, saying, “A ground offensive is futile and their defeat is obvious.”

He called on the Yemeni people to “depend on their resilience, which will defeat the aggression.”

“They must also prepare for a political solution but the war must stop first,” Nasrallah said, referring to the Yemeni people.

Nasrallah also praised Pakistani government for refusing to join Saudi Arabia in the aggression against Yemen.

On April 10, the Pakistani parliament passed a resolution that urges Islamabad to remain neutral vis-à-vis the conflict in Yemen, dismissing Saudi Arabia’s request to join its deadly air raids against the Arabian Peninsula state.

“The parliament desires that Pakistan should maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis,” read the resolution which was ratified unanimously after days of dispute among the lawmakers.

The parliament “underscores the need for continued efforts by the government of Pakistan to find a peaceful resolution of the crisis,” the resolution added.

Elsewhere in his Friday address, Nasrallah touched upon the developments in Syria, saying, “I thank Syria today the same as I thanked it on March 8, 2005. Thank you for remaining resilient and thank you for not surrendering” to Takfiri terrorist groups.

“Where did the ideology of the groups that are destroying societies and countries come from? From which school of thought and books? From whose culture and fatwas? Who is spreading this ideology across the world? Who is building schools all over the world to teach Muslim youths this destructive, Takfiri ideology?” Nasrallah asked, saying, “Very clearly it is Saudi Arabia. It is using the pilgrimage revenues in the process.”

He called on the Muslim countries to force Saudi Arabia to avoid spreading acts of violence and terrorism in the world.

“It's about time Muslims and Arabs told Saudi Arabia enough is enough,” the head of Hezbollah, said, adding, “For the sake of every Muslim country, the Islamic world must tell Saudi Arabia enough is enough.”

Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen started on March 26, without a United Nations mandate in a bid to restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The attacks were also meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which took control of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, in September 2014.

The Houthis, now part of popular committees across the country, criticized Hadi government’s inability to properly run the affairs of the country and contain the growing wave of corruption and terror before taking over state matters.

According to reports, over 2,600 people, including women and children, have so far lost their lives in the attacks.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is rapidly deteriorating as Yemenis are facing a shortage of essential foodstuff, water, fuel and vital drugs.

International humanitarian agencies expect tens of thousands more to flee Yemen in the coming months amid the worsening humanitarian situation.


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